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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Graph Analytics for Big Data by University of California San Diego

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About the Course

Want to understand your data network structure and how it changes under different conditions? Curious to know how to identify closely interacting clusters within a graph? Have you heard of the fast-growing area of graph analytics and want to learn more? This course gives you a broad overview of the field of graph analytics so you can learn new ways to model, store, retrieve and analyze graph-structured data. After completing this course, you will be able to model a problem into a graph database and perform analytical tasks over the graph in a scalable manner. Better yet, you will be able to apply these techniques to understand the significance of your data sets for your own projects....

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Dec 16, 2017

Got an amazing introduction to Graph Analytics in Big Data. Technical issues with Neo4J made this course a little more challenging than necessary. But the introduction to Spark GraphX was invaluable.

Oct 25, 2016

This course was excellent as an introduction to Graph Analytics and using Neo4j. Not only did I learn a lot, I've been given tasks related to what I've learned in this course after finishing it.

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Oct 6, 2020

While there is very good content in this course, just like the others in the Big Data Specialization the material is out of date with the tools, there is not enough guidance on the use of the tools, and no one curates the material to keep the directions for using the tools current with the tools. This makes these courses hugely frustrating and a huge time suck without providing insight or value other than how to search the web for answers to fixing all the screw ups in the material.

Over All this makes the course extremely POOR

By Yi S

May 22, 2020

This course continues the style of the specilization. Wrong instructions, theoretical lecture and inconsiderate course structure. Maybe this course includes too much concepts and skills and students may not be able to command all of them within such a short period of time. I have to say it's a waste of time to download all these softwares in the course.

By Jeffrey K

Nov 27, 2020

All kinds of issues with the hands-on assignment software. Sooooooo much time wasted trying to get things running and/ or files loaded etc. This course + specialization MUST be completely overhauled because all of the chosen software models/platforms are much updated themselves, otherwise, just take it down from Coursera altogether!!!

By Kjell L

Sep 24, 2016

First week of 3 min video. Seriously we want to dive into the subject. And the last two weeks should have more content. Felt like much more copy and paste without understanding why you did that. Understand this should be introduction to Big Data... But the price you pay for the introduction is too expensive.

By Fernando B M

Oct 9, 2017

Full of errors, short of explanations and support, just trying to figure out what to introduce in the command line, not knowing what I am actually doing and why. There are issues reported in the forums eight months ago that have not been fixed. At least one can get a fair idea of what can be done.

By Michel R

Nov 15, 2017

Some items are interesting, but the lectures seem goal-less: not enough structure to help understand graph analytics. There's something there but I didn't have much of a takeaway. Introductory material should have more structure.

By Konstantin K

Apr 3, 2018

Most part of materials about Graphs analysis and parallel programming models left unclear despite I have tried to rewatch the lectures some number of times. Previous courses of the spec were clearer

By Julien D

May 19, 2018

Many tools... very high level approach.

Complex theory is also explained very quickly and disconnected from the hands-on exercises.

By Manav J

Jun 8, 2018

Not so great content and more theoritical then practical

By Victor C

Oct 3, 2017

by far the most difficult and poor explained.


Jul 6, 2019

The things taught is easy and boring

By Dev A S

Jan 19, 2020

At least, in the previous courses, the instructors were explaining good. This course, for the first three weeks, the instructor is rushing, we would require to pause every minute and see it again. Also the Neo4j has removed the exe file for windows and providing only zip since and year. There is not updates of videos related to that on how to run Neo4j using zip files. Not only on this course, all the courses were still with oldest version of applications. I managed with those applications. But with Neo4j, I can't even proceed with the course. Worst course ever I took. Also I see user who has taken course has posted in Discussion Forum regarding this a month ago and there is no reply for the post from the instructor. My advice is not to take this course at any case.

By William R

Oct 5, 2016

I was unhappy with this. It was clear that this course was pulled together from a superset of other material, and that it was not checked for consistency or completeness. The students were tested on their ability to write down a specific phrase from a video rather than on application of the principles learned from utilization of the graph database tools. (Broccoli -- REALLY???)

Further, the lack of response to questions posted in the forum indicates a lack of engagement from instructors and / or facilitators.

By Lukáš B

Feb 5, 2018

Very interesting topic, but poor course. They totaly kill the oportunity to tech good things.

Tools you need to accomplish are not working all the time and you need to search for the solution in discussion without knowing what are you looking for. I would appreciate whet they give at least some hint what to look for. It could be valuable. Than you just copy paste solution and do not knot what are you doing.

I think deep knowledge what and why are you actually doing will be more valuable than cover every topic.

By Yaron K

Aug 14, 2016

The material on graph analytics was of introductory level. A string of interesting ideas, with unclear explanations. The lesson on GraphX was basically a copy-paste introduction to it's abilities without actually teaching how to use it. The transcripts are full of mistakes. Someone not proficient in English or hard of hearing would be confused by them. It was somewhat difficult to understand the main lecturer. The best part was the explanation of Neo4j - and it was at an introductory level. A disappointment.

By Ruijia W

Dec 7, 2017

The worst couse I ever take!!

1) week 1-2 is completely useless

2) The whole Neoj4 part is a disaster. You really need to check whether your protocol can still work under the lastest version in windows

3) The GraphX is basically crap. The pipline get stuck from the filtering step as :

[Stage 4:=============================> (1 + 0) / 2]

No FAQ and No debug,

It is irresponsible!!!

By David J R

Jan 30, 2021

This course provides a decent overview of different graphing platforms, however the commands used in NEO4j and GraphX are obviously dated and the instructors have not updated the material in years. The student will spend the majority of their time attempting to troubleshoot problems with the instructions in the hands-on exercises as opposed to learning the content.

By Jian S

Apr 16, 2017

This course is supposed to be the most interesting, and most challenged one of this specialization. However i am quite disappointed with the instructor and the contents he put together. He speaks too fast without much clarity, and worst of all, i can tell most of the time he reads from the scripts without really conveying much knowledge about the contents.

By John B

Oct 2, 2017

Module 4 was absolutely pointless and terrible. The software was not easy to install and crucial instructions were missing. Additionally, the assignments required working with a dataset of size that was beyond the capabilities of most personal computers.

By Reinaldo L N

Sep 12, 2019

The last week had exercises run on a Linux VM and, different from the other courses, there were no instructions on installing Virtual Box and the Cloudera VM. I had to get the instructions at the forum, but they should be at the first week readings.

By Armando P

Sep 10, 2019

Sorry but didnt see the point to this course as part of the overall specialization. Maybe as part of the "Load" in a ETL workflow but there would have been other options, better options. Felt it was just thrown in.


Jul 23, 2020


Hands-on practice outdated

By Tesfaye W H

Apr 3, 2021

Poorly guided course!