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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Natural Language Processing by National Research University Higher School of Economics

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About the Course

This course covers a wide range of tasks in Natural Language Processing from basic to advanced: sentiment analysis, summarization, dialogue state tracking, to name a few. Upon completing, you will be able to recognize NLP tasks in your day-to-day work, propose approaches, and judge what techniques are likely to work well. The final project is devoted to one of the most hot topics in today’s NLP. You will build your own conversational chat-bot that will assist with search on StackOverflow website. The project will be based on practical assignments of the course, that will give you hands-on experience with such tasks as text classification, named entities recognition, and duplicates detection. Throughout the lectures, we will aim at finding a balance between traditional and deep learning techniques in NLP and cover them in parallel. For example, we will discuss word alignment models in machine translation and see how similar it is to attention mechanism in encoder-decoder neural networks. Core techniques are not treated as black boxes. On the contrary, you will get in-depth understanding of what’s happening inside. To succeed in that, we expect your familiarity with the basics of linear algebra and probability theory, machine learning setup, and deep neural networks. Some materials are based on one-month-old papers and introduce you to the very state-of-the-art in NLP research. Do you have technical problems? Write to us:

Top reviews


Jan 02, 2019

I like this course very much. It is a good introduction for NLP. But if you want to know more about the NLP, you need to search and read a lot of posts during the learning process.


Dec 18, 2019

One of the best courses I took from coursera. Good mathematical knowledge, resources provided are related to current research. Assignments are more than expected.

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By Ivan S F

Mar 15, 2020

The course is good. The course is worth taking. However, it is way too dense. There are very complicated concepts explained in too little time with too little context. I would suggest to break down the course into 3-4 courses within a specialization providing more examples, more context, more exercises to fully understand the material.

The final project is a nightmare where multiple different parts (amazon web services, tmux, docker, etc.) have to work all together. Not unexpectedly, a full range of errors, problems, and roadblocks arise when all these different parts have to work together for the project to work.

I finished the course including the final project and I am happy I took this course. However, the final project should have been better thought out before releasing it.

Thank you Anna and all the teaching staff for the course.

By Lefteris L

Sep 22, 2019

This course offers a really good intro to all of the state of the art techniques used in NLP. Its course is structured by heavy impact papers from the literature and the instructors do a really good job in explaining.

The quizzes are good and help you understand the material.

If there is one thing I didn't like in this course, it was the programming assignments. Their structure was really big and aimed really long. Thus, I often felt that I didn't know what I was doing and for what reason. The assignments from Andrew Ng's Deep Learning's Specialization "Sequence Models" course were far better and helped me gain much intuition on how to code real tasks.

By Зубачев Д С

Oct 02, 2019

It was a good course. All in one breath. I would like to have more practical tasks in which you need to write more code yourself, and not just fill in the missing cells. Of course, I am very grateful to Anna and Andrey for their work. Separately, we would like to note the penultimate task-the final project. It is complex and interesting. I believe that it would be correct to use the computing power of Azure instead of AWS.

By Arnaud R

Apr 15, 2018

Great course !

Learned a lot. Removed one star because I felt they tried to jam too much content into 5weeks which resulted in some content to be rushed and given only a singular question in a quiz. The course would have deserved 1 or 2 more weeks to dilute the content a bit.

However you ll still learn very relevant skills in the assignements and the course provide a lot of links for you to learn more in X or Y subject.

By Neel K

Sep 17, 2019

Course is well organized. Just some problems are related to assignments, There no exact guided steps for assignments and quiz. Lectures are more concerend about theory and less about pragmatic problems. Please make discussion forums active and more connected. Course does not have option to send message to anyone personally take help and advice which is something unrealistic.

By Игнатовская В А

Dec 06, 2018

There were basic introduction as for me, without almost any proofs and mathematical constructions. It was interesting but after this course actually I can't say that now I can do it from the beginning to end for myself, only some functions to include in existing code. Last instruction about AWS was terrible! There were too many questions about it!!!!

By Fernaldy A F

Aug 29, 2018

Great course but not easy one.. You must have required knowledge..

You need extra effort to finish quizzes or assignments, and also search in forum discussion or internet..

I think, the lectures are too theoretical, but that's good if you are curious or researchers that need to know about state of the art related NLP..

Overall this is worthy to take..

By Mark Z

Jun 11, 2019

Overall great intro to NLP. Basic techniques like word embeddings and attention are explained quite well. However, some topics are not really easy to remember from this course, such as Topic modeling using LDA (which I understood much deeper during Bayesian Methods for Machine Learning course from the same specialization).

By João B P M J

Dec 08, 2019

I think the provided material needs to be updated. Specially the material concerning TensorFlow. Many subjects and assignments let us wondering too much because it because there is a mismatch between the theoretical and the practical, and because the TensorFlow isn't updated it was hard to find additional help online.

By Zhaoqing X

Jul 25, 2018

It's a very nice course! It involves so many aspects in NLP, and the assignments are especially valuable. The only thing I'm not satisfied is that it lacks enough help from the material and the forum when I got a bug from my assignments or confused by the instruction.

By Akash S

May 22, 2018

Very good course!! A big thanks to all the instructors. However I feel the course covered a lot of stuff which affected its focus. May be it would have been better to focus on fewer techniques but in greater detail both in theory and assignments.

By Helmut G

Jul 10, 2018

Nice course. However, trying to pass the assignments can sometimes feel like a nightmare, because there is no feedback from the grader that would lead you into the right direction. Luckily you can get useful information in the discussion forum.

By Mika R

Nov 20, 2019

I would recommend the mention of the library version in each given code to avoid the wrong use of the arguments and even attributes. For instance tf 2.0 do not have contrib and yet in certain part of the code, we are "required" to use that.

By Putcha L N R

Dec 25, 2018

Anna and group is great at teaching. However, a lot of graded assignments were a lot ambiguous with many important details missing. It would be a lot more helpful, if the content needed for assignment is explicitly mentioned! Thank you!

By Ajeet S

Apr 19, 2019

The course is very nice. I wish there were some more examples in slides to understand the working of algorithms. Maybe its advance that's why I felt it.

If notes of every week were available then it would have been very beneficial.

By Armughan S

May 19, 2020

The course had an advanced content and was taught at a good pace. Though there are some concepts which were not elaborated and needed to be understood from different sources.

By Ahammed j

Apr 24, 2020

This is basic to advanced level course. you should have significant amount of knowledge in the field, if not you have to do additional research .Over all good course.

By Santoshi K

Mar 21, 2019

explanation on Fundamentals are good.. it would be better if models and methods are explained by applying them to some real time examples.

By Hampus L

Jun 06, 2019

The course was great. Perhaps it'd be nice to combine the lower level with some higher level Deep Learning framework at the end. Thanks!

By Ruperto P B C

Apr 03, 2020

It is a very good course. My only request is related to update the tasks along the course to use Tensorflow 2.0

By Archana C

Jun 23, 2020

More detailed explaination for week 5 project required. a video can be released for AWS use.

By Francisco R

Aug 21, 2018

Time estimated for assignments is well below the actual time taken to complete them.

By Johannes J

Jan 14, 2019

I learned a lot. The tasks are challenging, but somehow manageable. Thanks!

By Ankit G

Nov 18, 2018

Excellent Course on NLP. Need more focus on RNN/CNN/Sequence modelling

By Daksh M

Apr 06, 2019

It has less content on abstractive summarization.