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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Business Analytics for Decision Making by University of Colorado Boulder

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About the Course

In this course you will learn how to create models for decision making. We will start with cluster analysis, a technique for data reduction that is very useful in market segmentation. You will then learn the basics of Monte Carlo simulation that will help you model the uncertainty that is prevalent in many business decisions. A key element of decision making is to identify the best course of action. Since businesses problems often have too many alternative solutions, you will learn how optimization can help you identify the best option. What is really exciting about this course is that you won’t need to know a computer language or advanced statistics to learn about these predictive and prescriptive analytic models. The Analytic Solver Platform and basic knowledge of Excel is all you’ll need. Learners participating in assignments will be able to get free access to the Analytic Solver Platform....

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May 27, 2020

I would like to recommend this course to the business analyst aspirants. It is really intriguing and helps to develop analytical skills. The examples and assignments are perfect to train a beginner.


Aug 11, 2020

I think this is a practical and insightful course for understanding what business analysis is and how models apply in realily by providing useful and familiar examples. Highly recommend this course

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By Sara A d S

Aug 31, 2020

It needs a solver software that is paid and very difficult to get.

By Vivian Y Q

Jul 12, 2017

wish it were not taught in excel but R or some other softwares

By Takkallapalli N

Jan 27, 2019

Its a basic level course. And mostly its software based

By Randell B

Oct 15, 2019

videos are good. on a mac, the tools are hard to use.

By Sagy M A S

Jun 13, 2022

Nice content but poor way of spreading information


Jul 19, 2020

it was a wonderful experience

By Hari C P S

Jul 15, 2020

not that fascinating

By Md. T S

May 19, 2020

very critical course

By Dimas A

Aug 3, 2020

I hate XLMINER :(

By Ammar K

Sep 2, 2020

good course


Aug 7, 2020

good course

By Selva k

Sep 6, 2020


By Andres C M

Oct 2, 2020

Read before taking the course. Explanations, cases and data for the course are great. The main problem is the analytical solver platform (ASP). The course counts on you using ASP and gives you instructions on how to access it, the problem is the conditions mentioned (free access for a semester) are either a lie on the part of the providers of the ASP from the start or conditions have changed since the courses inception. What ends up happening is this specialization covering 5 courses, and thus, approximately 5 months cannot be completed in the 15 days the free trial for the app gives you, after which it asks you to pay up a not small sum, even if youre purchasing the student license. New account creation has been down for weeks on the ASP site, so you cant even access it by creating multiple accounts with different emails, and on top of that the program itself just wont work like intended for some of its functions. I tried using excel 2013, excel 2019, excel 365 online and it just wont work, so I just couldent complete many activities that required something more than the default solver add in excel has already installed. I really wanted to finish this specialization, but after 3 month invested on it I just cant cause Ill not be able to do the capstone course if I cant access the tools I need to work on the assignments.

By Mr Q

Jun 20, 2020

I wish the course could have stated clearly that from the start that learners have to pay for an analytical solver platform. It affected learners learning speed and motivation to continue the course. Also, could have had a little more explanation on a certain formula in a particular cell instead of just showing the formulas in the spreadsheet and just press "run" to run the simulation model.

By David M M S

Jul 10, 2020

The use of a trial of a private software as XLMiner does not allow to run the number o simulation needed to get the right answer. The software allow 15 days trial and the courses run for at least a month, then you cant use the software by the end of the course.

By Matthieu B

Sep 28, 2018

Not very useful, or complicated (finished it in less than half a day).

Also still using lots of Excel specific tools that one may or may not have access to, instead of offering to use proper tools like Python.

By Jay A

Jul 15, 2020

They should have used Excel Solver instead of ASP as not everybody will have access to that after completing the trial provided along with the course.

By R M k

Jul 7, 2020

He is rushing, Not for beginners.

He didnt even explain how to download analytic solver platform.....

By Saksham B

Aug 16, 2020

The instructor goes too fast and XLminer is just frustrating

By Cai H W

Aug 25, 2018


By Michael R

Aug 4, 2021

Solver gave me a temporary license which quickly expired before I finished all the classes. I have contacted them multiple times. This course is honestly not worth the hassle of trying to get access to their software. The desktop version doesn't work on my computer and the 365 temporary trial quickly expired. This was one of the worst experiences I've had on coursera.

By Jorge E R P

Jul 4, 2020

The course inside have not any deep content. All generic topics and few couple of good videos. The teacher is reading the script all the time and make you feel wasted your time.


Sep 30, 2021

I could not do course as platform was available for few days only which were utilized for previous courses