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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Combinatorics and Probability by University of California San Diego

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About the Course

Counting is one of the basic mathematically related tasks we encounter on a day to day basis. The main question here is the following. If we need to count something, can we do anything better than just counting all objects one by one? Do we need to create a list of all phone numbers to ensure that there are enough phone numbers for everyone? Is there a way to tell that our algorithm will run in a reasonable time before implementing and actually running it? All these questions are addressed by a mathematical field called Combinatorics. In this course we discuss most standard combinatorial settings that can help to answer questions of this type. We will especially concentrate on developing the ability to distinguish these settings in real life and algorithmic problems. This will help the learner to actually implement new knowledge. Apart from that we will discuss recursive technique for counting that is important for algorithmic implementations. One of the main `consumers’ of Combinatorics is Probability Theory. This area is connected with numerous sides of life, on one hand being an important concept in everyday life and on the other hand being an indispensable tool in such modern and important fields as Statistics and Machine Learning. In this course we will concentrate on providing the working knowledge of basics of probability and a good intuition in this area. The practice shows that such an intuition is not easy to develop. In the end of the course we will create a program that successfully plays a tricky and very counterintuitive dice game. As prerequisites we assume only basic math (e.g., we expect you to know what is a square or how to add fractions), basic programming in python (functions, loops, recursion), common sense and curiosity. Our intended audience are all people that work or plan to work in IT, starting from motivated high school students....

Top reviews

Feb 26, 2021

Special thanks to Prof. Vladimir Podolskii and Prof. Alexander S. Kulikov for their amazing explanations and diligent visuals of the concepts as well as problem sets. You Rock!

Dec 25, 2019

Great course, lots of good info, not too long. Some of the coding assignments and quizzes are challenging, but the staff respond very quickly to questions in the forums.

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By Ziqi Y

Dec 31, 2018

Great! Challenging final project but worth trying!

By Miguel A D A

Nov 25, 2018

Super interesting the topic about combinatorics

By Shubham K P

Apr 19, 2019

Especially the probability part was very good.

By Orkun Ö

Oct 15, 2019

Great course! Many thanks to the instructors!

By Steven W

Dec 1, 2017

This course will fill your head with numbers.

By Snehal P

Jul 13, 2020

Wonderful course everything is just perfect.

By Ayrton C A d A

Sep 28, 2020

Excellent course, with quite fun problems!

By Zhen X

Jul 8, 2020

very solid course, very helpful course

By kartish j

Sep 5, 2019

I Love It while learning this course:)


Sep 5, 2020

The course was very informative.

By Rahul A

Aug 17, 2020

Brilliant Course. Loved it.

By Preetam K S

Jul 23, 2020

Mind blown! What a course!

By Parthasaradhi T

Jul 16, 2019

Best Course for beginners

By Pronay k p

Jan 11, 2021

Awesome! Great course!

By Akash K y

Jun 14, 2019

it is a nice course

By Zhe Y

Jul 23, 2018

pure math course...


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By Serhat G

Dec 22, 2018

Excellent, thanks.

By Ivan Y C M

Jul 15, 2020

very good course

By André U

Aug 17, 2020

great course!!!

By danish m

Sep 25, 2019

taught me a lot

By Karn T

Jul 10, 2020

Nice course...

By Ana G

Feb 8, 2021

Great course!

By Arka M

Jul 8, 2018

Great Course.

By haozhen

Feb 22, 2020

Good Course!