I liked the fact that the algorithms are not just the introductory searching and sorting algorithms. The assignments are fairly difficult (I have decent scripting experience), but not impossibly so.
The course was really amazing which provided deep knowledge from basic to advance that how algorithms works and how to design algorithms. Thanks to all the expert teachers who taught in this course.
By Sriragh K•
The course has multiple limitations and can improve a lot more. Two main issues I faced were these:Dynamic programming part one lectures were very poor and hard to understand as a result of which I had to view external sources to understand the topicSecondly, the idea of not showing test cases is a bit strange as understanding the failing test cases do not really come in the way of understanding algorithm, it simply makes the questions much harder and tedious to solve. This completely eliminates the purpose of the course and wastes the time of most students. I am a bit disappointed with this course and didn't see it as value for money.
By Supharerk T•
Update: As I proceed to wk 5, I know why there are some complaint on Dynamic programming,
Reduced to 2 stars. Lectures are totally useless for the assignment,
The course is really good until week 4 when it deteriorates very quick. No matter how many times I re-watch the lecture, I can't understand much. I ended up using wikipedia for the quiz instead :P
I can't use much of the course forum since there are too many posts there and it keep crashing my chrome.
This course gets my 3 stars from the first 3 weeks alone, otherwise it gonna be 0-2 stars.
By Ayan P•
I started the course to gain knowledge in algorithms but I am disappointed. Of course there are lots of assignments to do which kind of upgrade your skills. But I am disappointed with the way of explanation. The explanations are just like reading scripts. Also, they don't give the problem statement properly. I assignments, you would find the title of the problem but not the actual problem statement.
The instructors are very knowledgeable but I don't think their explanations are right up to the mark, at least not for me.
By Rayeed R (•
Course started out great but as time went on the quality kept dropping. Week 3 is where it started to go bad for me. The instructor kept jumbling words up and explanation was really poor. Later weeks most of the algorithms weren't properly explained and you have to actually google stuff and read and learn everything pretty much independently from elsewhere if you want to code up the problems. The blind test cases were really weird because you have no clue what went wrong and where it went wrong.
By Tsz Y W•
These two stars go to the instructor in week 1. I left the course after week 3 because I couldn't tolerate the accents of the instructors. I got frustrated starting from week 2 where I have to reread the subtitles to understand the material. Please let someone who can speak English fluently teach the course, please. The course goes kinds of fast, this is first course of the Specialization and it quickly jumps to Greedy algorithm, really? In general Algorithm course, it is usually taught late.
By Emilio B•
The videos and explanations are very poor. Most of the time the instructors are reading off a script, and everything feels fake. By reading off a script they are forced to "hand-wave" and do not explain concepts covered completely.
The only thing I liked about this course were the problem sets, which were interesting to do. Will not buy rest of specialization, feels like this is just a cash cow for UCSD.
By Richard Z•
I would say that the lecture part of this course is quite poor. The professor presents abstract concepts and pseudo-code without giving an example. It takes me a long time to figure out what the professor wants to say. He should've given out the example before explaining the concepts. The contents though is decent, and I learn a lot in his course.
By PRATIK A•
Course content was good. Explanation of various problems, solutions and algorithms could be made easier to understand by providing more (intuitive) examples. Overall, the course is good at gaining broad understanding of the different paradigms of algorithms.
By Morgan S•
The lectures are well done; however, the course should be deprecated. There are no active mentors and the directions and exercises do not reconcile. Lastly, the PyCharm package is prone to bugs.
By Piyush J•
I Didn't find it useful for learning as a beginner in algorithms and data structures. The level of the assignments was way too high than the content covered in the lectures and study material.
By Alexander T•
The time claimed as required for this course is wildly off.. It takes at least 3 times more than 4 hours, allotted for the weekly assignments. In a way, this makes this course very expensive.
By Stavros M•
Some instructors are unqualified to be instructors. They may be good as scientists but not for instructors. That may be sounds harsh but it is the truth. I would not reccommend it.
By Sammya M•
Explanations are unnecessarily confusing and of very poor quality especially from week 5. One already has to be an expert in algorithms before taking this course.
This courser does not give a good explanation of the topics specified in the course syllabus.
Without good resources it is very difficult to solve the problems .
The language of the lecturer is soo noisy and can't understand the words.
After Listening to the first lecture itself I'm unenrolling from the course.
By Die J•
Feedback in assignment is not good enough.
For example, for the points and segment, there are no correct answer in output as a reference.
By saksham s•
Teachers and faculties are not very good at explanation. Moreover all of them had boring faces like they are not interested to teach us.
The content should be more beginner friendly. It quickly transitions pace to intermediate level. I found week 3 to 5 very difficult.
The programming technique - like DP, Greedy could have been better. I had to go to other website to better understand the concepts.
By Jian W•
Some Algorithm are not clear, and the homework submission system is not friendly at all!
By Sonia R•
Teaching technique can be better and more interesting. Not so suitable for beginners.
By Ahmed M•
Was useful to week 4
after that the explanation of the algorithms became very poor
By Sakib A K•
Need To improve more about clearing the topics and also the assignment.
By Salman R k•
The course is not very specific for my subjects .
By Bharath K S•
I genuinly couldn't follow it,Sorry!!!!!!!!!!!!!