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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Bayesian Statistics: From Concept to Data Analysis by University of California, Santa Cruz

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About the Course

This course introduces the Bayesian approach to statistics, starting with the concept of probability and moving to the analysis of data. We will learn about the philosophy of the Bayesian approach as well as how to implement it for common types of data. We will compare the Bayesian approach to the more commonly-taught Frequentist approach, and see some of the benefits of the Bayesian approach. In particular, the Bayesian approach allows for better accounting of uncertainty, results that have more intuitive and interpretable meaning, and more explicit statements of assumptions. This course combines lecture videos, computer demonstrations, readings, exercises, and discussion boards to create an active learning experience. For computing, you have the choice of using Microsoft Excel or the open-source, freely available statistical package R, with equivalent content for both options. The lectures provide some of the basic mathematical development as well as explanations of philosophy and interpretation. Completion of this course will give you an understanding of the concepts of the Bayesian approach, understanding the key differences between Bayesian and Frequentist approaches, and the ability to do basic data analyses....

Top reviews


Aug 31, 2017

Good intro to Bayesian Statistics. Covers the basic concepts. Workload is reasonable and quizzes/exercises are helpful. Could include more exercises and additional backgroung/future reading materials.


Oct 16, 2020

An excellent course with some good hands on exercises in both R and excel. Not for the faint of heart mathematically speaking, assumes a competent understanding of statistics and probability going in

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By Isra

May 4, 2020

Good course!!... Additional examples of real life explained and done in R or excel will make it great

By Andres F P A

Jun 18, 2021

A lot of formulas and not that much interpretation. It is a good start in Bayesian concepts.

By Binu M D

Sep 21, 2019

Too much theoretical than practical applications. No need to give both R and Excel videos.

By A A

Nov 26, 2018

Would have liked more problem solving and real-world application examples.


Jun 15, 2020

The workload is manageable however the homework is somewhat challenging.

By Hassan A

May 11, 2020

Not well organized.

No sufficient materials, references, etc.

Very short.

By sokunsatya s

May 31, 2018

Overall, it's Ok. but the explanation is too short and incomplete.

By aref h

Aug 24, 2017

better to come up with more examples and more mathematical details

By Rajesh k

Jan 1, 2019

This course could be taught in better understanding way

By Tawan S

Jun 3, 2019

For some derivations, the explanations are too sparse.

By JiaxinYang

May 31, 2021

thank you my teacher

By Damir M

Apr 9, 2017

A bit too short.

By Marjan H

Jan 3, 2021

I expected better teaching quality. The instructor is undoubtedly one of the bests in his area, but I personally did not like his teaching in this course. I felt he knows a lot of interesting concepts but intentionally does not teach them. The whole course was like somebody was reading from a textbook without adding any comments for students to actually grasp the concepts. In general I liked the course but I expected to learn much more from it.

By Patrick K W

Jul 28, 2019

It's alright because it gives you an overview of what is covered in a Bayesian Stats class, but the material is presented quite poorly and I had to do a lot of second hand reading to answer the questions. It is not particularly enlightening even and the formulas are presented without proper grounding, context, and intuition. I can recommend this only for dedicated self-studiers who already have some sort of grounding in Bayesian reasoning.

By Jose J

Sep 19, 2022

Bayesian Statistics is an essential course for anyone working with data. THis course will provide some introductory concepts and proofs. However as the course progresses to week 4 explanations are rushed or nonexistant.

Compared to other courses like from this course is not well maintained with poor quality of instruction and exercises. It feels like a wasted opportunity.

By Vinod M

Apr 26, 2021

Week 4 explanations are just theoretical where professor is literally not giving any intuition and rushing through the concepts with equations which did not make any sense to me. Till week 3 I could kind follow. I did this course with the intend of giving a based for Machine Learning study and I am an thoroughly disappointed the way it ended up.

By Daniel W

Aug 31, 2022

The topic is very important, but the lectures are sometimes like reading wikipedia and rewriting it on the blackboard. It lacks intuitive examples and analogies. It might be OK if somebody already have really strong statistician background and intuition. Otherwise it would be really tough to catch up.

By Dennis R

Dec 31, 2020

Good content. However, way of presentation is not very engaging. Presenter's voice very monotonous and free of any engagement. In my opinion, scribbling formulas to the board does not make a helpful learning experience.

By Marshall

Jun 17, 2021

A pretty standard "college-like" course with many definitions and derivations that do not help with conceptual understanding of the material. There are better tutorial/explanation videos on YouTube.

By Deleted A

Jun 23, 2021

Unsuficient explanation.

Lecturer just writes formulas without trying to explain background concepts. It is like reading a book of statistics. No way that most of the students will understand it.

By Jorge P

Feb 2, 2017

Some matters were just given formulas and there was a lack of practice. The course should cover less materials or be longer to be effective in teaching.

By Brett B

Sep 7, 2020

Disappointing. Hard to follow, as concepts are not fully explained or linked. Steps in equations are often skipped without notice.

By Mehrdad P

Jul 3, 2019

it was an okay course, I liked that they used R occasionally in the course, but I did not like how the concepts were discussed

By Fabian K

May 1, 2017

Not very much in depth and does not offer complete lecture notes, which are necessary for answering the quizzes...


Aug 29, 2020

Dear Sir, My assignment Quizzes are locked and i am not able to unlock that. Kindly unlock it and help me out.