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This online course covers basic algorithmic techniques and ideas for computational problems arising frequently in practical applications: sorting and searching, divide and conquer, greedy algorithms, dynamic programming. We will learn a lot of theory: how to sort data and how it helps for searching; how to break a large problem into pieces and solve them recursively; when it makes sense to proceed greedily; how dynamic programming is used in genomic studies. You will practice solving computational problems, designing new algorithms, and implementing solutions efficiently (so that they run in less than a second)....

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Jan 19, 2021

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.


Jan 19, 2017

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.

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By Sathvik G

Jun 22, 2020

The course has very well laid syllabus. Learnt a lot of important techniques, different types of approaches toward a problem, they don't have elaborate explanations to many problems which at first made me disappointed but that turned out to be the best part, you will not grasp some topics towards the end of course at first, the key is to keep digging through other resources on net and to not be discouraged. Wouldn't have learnt if everything were spoon fed. Thanks to all the professors. T'was great overall.

By Jasmeet S B

Oct 5, 2020

Awesome ,The Course and Instructors Push You to Figure Out the Solution And do the hard part on Your Own Which Eventually Helps To Carve Your own Path And Makes Learning More Self Driven , Though If U Just Follow Along and understand the algorithms in the video Lecture U wont Even Need External Resources To Complete It. This Course Lets U take on A Practical Approach How the Algorithm Are actually Useful In the Real World.

Cheers To Knowledge...:)

By Rahul R

Sep 10, 2020

Time Limit Exceeded !! Memory Error !! These Errors have always ruined my programming endeavours, but this course was immense useful, the faculties were on top with killer concepts and superb explanation to some tough but immensely required concepts to build quick efficient Programs. I would highly recomemend anyone who has suffered a lot on the above problems to take this course and get a Immense Boost to their programming Careers.

By Puneet M

Nov 18, 2020

I'm impressed by how quickly and well things were covered in this course. I come from a maths background but with not-so-much exposure to data structures and algorithms. This course helped a lot, so I'm very glad I studied it.

Not to mention, I've never been able to properly wrap my head around dynamic programming. Now I actually feel comfortable with it! Thank you to the instructors on this course. I look forward to learning more.

By k190251 M K

May 6, 2020

This was a pretty amazingly planned course. It was like climbing stairs: at first, it was easy and then a little difficult and very difficult at last. Some problems took days just to solve them according to the time provided, and thankfully for some problems, hints were provided. I would suggest this to everyone, this is one of the best courses for Algorithms because of the organized material and skillful and helpful instructors.

By ftgo

Jun 2, 2020

This is the best online course I have already participated. Although challenging, it is well organized and is full of references, resources and iterative puzzles. It has a high level team of instructors, each one doing a great job to teach the best of computer science: algorithms. The forums are pretty rich and the moderators are highly active and supportive. I am very satisfied and motivated to keep learning from them.

By Akintimehin A O

Sep 13, 2020

Wow!!! I'm actually super delighted that I've been able to complete this course. It was a great experience for me altogether because I have been so passionate about learning algorithms so I can get a job in a top company in the US, UK or Canada. I really want to thank Coursera for the opportunity to learn under great tutors. I'm super excited, and would recommend this course to anyone willing to learn algorithms.

By Андрей Ф

May 26, 2020

This course is awesome! Good speakers, interesting lectures and a lot of tough challenges, applicable to real world problems. I found it very helpful. After completing this course you'll achieve an ultimate problem solving ability. Although it may be dificult for a total beginners. I would recommend it for those who aready has at least a little experience in programming. Also, basic knowlege of math is required.

By poojitha b

Jan 19, 2021

Me coming from a non CS background, I felt the problem sets challenging not only in terms of coming up with the solution but also thinking about the various test cases that might come up in the process. The course lectures are clear and helped me in understanding the main idea behind the concept. The interactive puzzles are engaging and fun. My suggestion would be to include more examples in the course.

By Mohit M

Jul 26, 2020

The problems were quite interesting and I faced a bit of difficulty in solving all of them because there's a lot of difference in writing algorithms and typing the code and I tried to cover that gap. Overall the lectures were very informative along with the quizzes and assignments . So I am very thankful to Coursera and all the professors who put in their efforts to enhance our problem solving skills.

By Bijoy K B

Jan 14, 2021

I really enjoyed learning from this course. I get to know about a lot of programming techniques. I m happy that I enrolled in this course. The assignments were fun and interesting to solve. I got a lot of help from the Discussion Forums as well. All of the teachers explained all the concepts, some of were new to me, in a very easy way, easy to understand. I also learned a lot about algorithms.

By Taşkın T

Jun 2, 2023

The materials could be better but they work. The problems are good and challenging. But test cases are not open for learners. You can test it on your side and it works, but the same test cases don't return the correct answers. You must try different input methods or separate the inputs before sending the methods. Some test cases aren't working on the server side but work fine on your side. :)

By Ardak K

Dec 9, 2020

Excellent Course. I learned a lot on algorithm, I can now bravely say that I know a bit on algorithm and can solve many basic problems. One remark though, I see that a lot of the instructors are not good at English and some of them are not good at delivering the information. Overall I enjoyed the course, the problems are so interesting that you can get lost in them for few days.

By Mohammad U C

Apr 12, 2020

The course is very well taught by Daniel Kane,Alexander Kulikon, Michael Levin,Pavel Pevzner and Neil Rhodes. Through this course i am to optimize algorithm in a very efficient way and also able to calculate its run time and complexity, this course gives a clear understanding of the algorithms taught and the programming questions are also up to the point . Thank you very much


May 23, 2020

Are you a person who thinks algorithms are not so interesting? Why don't you just try this course and try solving the problems in this course? You will definitely get a better interest in algorithms. This course has definitely been very useful for me. I whole heartily suggest you to take up this course, if you are really interested in coding or solving problems efficiently.

By Sebastian B

Aug 1, 2022

Course is relatively fast-paced, much like a graduate level course would be in the US. Exercises are challenging but well aligned with the lectures, and some of the "puzzles" help condition you to have some inkling how to proceed in the subsequent challenges. Overall I thought this course was fantastic, and I learned a lot very quickly, which is the most I can ask for.

By Atwin P

Feb 24, 2021

Hands down one of the best, with absolutely the most intellectually challenging (and rewarding!) assignments, courses I have taken anywhere ever. Massive thank you to the instructors and those involved in preparing the materials and the well-designed assignments as well.

Recommending this to anybody even remotely interested in algorithm and data structure.

By Mayank S

Jun 12, 2020

Brilliant course, it has given good amount of knowledge to apply algorithms in real world programming. There is only one issue which is the test cases are hidden from user which results in random hit and trials to achieve the respective result. The grader should improve and show what is causing test case to fail rather than printing anonymous statements.

By Malcolm B

Jul 17, 2022

Great video content with engaging homework examples that balance mastering what is learned in each section through building off examples and pushing for research on your own to solve a more novel problem. The course could benefit from an editor as many grammer mistakes were present that did distract from the learning, and at times introduce confusion.

By Андрій Л

May 9, 2020

Decent course for those who want to improve their programming skills. If you want to enrol, keep in mind that applying without having some background experience dealing with such algorithms will result in you not being able to pass it properly. The authors and presenters of the course have done a great job. My thanks and appreciation to you all.

By Marcelo D C P

Jun 6, 2022

The lectures give you a good sense of the topic and specific algorithms, but the real learning happens by solving the problems. It's a nice selection that reinforces the taught concepts very well. Not just the programming assignments, but the quizzes slowly build up your knowledge and guide you to go deeper, maybe without you even realizing.

By Lokesh K

Jun 4, 2023

Amazing course on building one's algorithm designing muscle. The coding challenges pushed my boundaries and many a times, I was left spending the whole night trying to figure out a solution. The course's discussion forum also proved to be of crucial value. It felt greate when I finally earned my certificate of completion. Great job team!

By John C

Jun 11, 2022

This was a tough course. I had to work very hard to complete the assignments and develop edge test cases that really tested my solutions. I did find value in watching videos and reading texts from outside the course material as well. But I learned a great deal, and achieved my aim of understanding how to develop and evaluate algorithms.

By Balavinayak R

Apr 13, 2020

Excellent course! The course gives a rigorous coverage of tools and methods like Greedy algorithms, divide & conquer and dynamic programming. The programming assignments seem to have been meticulously designed by the instructors and one will come out of the course as a much better programmer if he/she works on these problems diligently.

By Stanislau S

Jan 12, 2021

So far the best course on algorithms for beginners I've found on the web. It's easy enough and does not require deep knowledge of math or data structures. On the other hand it is demanding enough and not a kind of useless video courses you can watch during lunchtime, this one actually makes you think and I can feel the effect already!