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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Machine Learning with Python by IBM

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About the Course

This course dives into the basics of machine learning using an approachable, and well-known programming language, Python. In this course, we will be reviewing two main components: First, you will be learning about the purpose of Machine Learning and where it applies to the real world. Second, you will get a general overview of Machine Learning topics such as supervised vs unsupervised learning, model evaluation, and Machine Learning algorithms. In this course, you practice with real-life examples of Machine learning and see how it affects society in ways you may not have guessed! By just putting in a few hours a week for the next few weeks, this is what you’ll get. 1) New skills to add to your resume, such as regression, classification, clustering, sci-kit learn and SciPy 2) New projects that you can add to your portfolio, including cancer detection, predicting economic trends, predicting customer churn, recommendation engines, and many more. 3) And a certificate in machine learning to prove your competency, and share it anywhere you like online or offline, such as LinkedIn profiles and social media. If you choose to take this course and earn the Coursera course certificate, you will also earn an IBM digital badge upon successful completion of the course....

Top reviews

Feb 6, 2019

The course was highly informative and very well presented. It was very easier to follow. Many complicated concepts were clearly explained. It improved my confidence with respect to programming skills.

Oct 8, 2020

I'm extremely excited with what I have learnt so far. As a newbie in Machine Learning, the exposure gained will serve as the much needed foundation to delve into its application to real life problems.

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By Dmitrii L

May 11, 2021

The course covers basic machine learning algorithms and I do not fully understand why it's ranked as an Intermediate one.


You will definitely pick up some new skills after completion this course.

There is simple explanation of a basic idea underlying each algorithm the authors present in the course. It's not hidden in tons of math which is good for beginners and is likely to be bad for those who know something about ML and want to get some deeper understanding.


You pay for the course and receive a massive advertisement of IBM services. This shouldn't be tolerated.

You are forced to fulfill a final project using IBM Cloud and Watson studio. So, even if you don't want to work with those tools, it's mandatory for you to waste your time on picking up potentially useless skills.

You might encounter with an error occurring during a signing up on IBM Cloud page. In order to resolve the issue you might need to contact their support team, which is quite annoying, time-consuming and, moreover, your subscription may start another month and you won't be able to suspend it if you want to get a certificate.

Think twice before enrolling into this course. I'd better find an alternative.

By Miranda C

Aug 22, 2020

At first this class seemed easy to follow, but that was deceptive. While I learned some theory (and some mathematics) behind the algorithms we were meant to learn, there was far too little emphasis on how and when to run the actual code. Normally the labs are a helpful part of these courses, wherein I have the opportunity to actually learn code. Not so with this course.

When I reached the final project for this class, I had no clue how to do what we were supposed to do, as essentially, it had not been taught within the course. I had to seek out other sources in order to actually learn the material and make a lot of educated guesses about what I was suppose to do. I suspect (or hope) that much of this will become easier when I re-take Statistics and some other maths (not course requirements), but that won't make up for the deficiencies in the course. Lastly, the typos and other grammatical errors are extremely distracting and misleading (i.e. "lables" -- do they mean "tables" or "labels"? Who can say for sure!).

By Thomas S

May 13, 2020

Like many of the courses, the instructions are not in a format that supports incremental learning and focuses on the mechanics for performing an activity rather than an explanation for why and the reason we are doing these things.

The objectives and measures of success for the final exercise is not clearly articulated, causing me to guess as to what the evaluator had wanted us to do. The instructions said to solve for the four types of methods, but left it to the student as to if they wished to generate graphics, etc. If the only objective was to generate the Jaccard score, F1 score, and LogLoss (as appropriate) to complete the activities, then it should have been stated. In addition, the examples presented in the course labs did not have us generating the F1 and Jaccard scores for many of the models.

By Ksenia T

Apr 27, 2021

From all the courses so far in this certificate this course feels like the least taken care of. Material gets outdated, same typos and bugs according to the forum persist for years, staff replies only very generally. Frustrating issues with online tools they provide when they don't work well for days. I have done most of the labs on the local environment and strongly suggest to everyone else to do the same. Overall I feel like I gained new skills, but it could have been achieved in a better manner. I would not recommend this course to my friends. P.S. And what on Earth is with these forums filled with "Please, review my project"? Any useful threads are drowning among ridiculous requests to do peer review in the course that has automated peer-review system. Jeez.

By Alexander W

May 6, 2020

Even for an introductory course most lessons lacked depth. Usually the broad idea of an algorithm is introduced and then an exercise shows a python call to which applies it. However neither are there any theoretical/mathematical insights why the algorithm works, nor does one obtain relevant practical knowledge. E.g. the course fails to even superficially explain the many options and parameters each algorithm has and which are necessary to actually apply it in practice.

What makes it worse is that there is apparently no support and maintenance for this course: There are tons of smaller and some larger mistakes in the lectures as well as the exercises, however reports of those as well as most other questions in the discussion forums remain unanswered.

By Reha P

Jul 19, 2020

This course was definitely informative, but the final assignment grading process was ridiculous. There was way too much ambiguity with the grading criteria. I submitted the same exact assignment twice, the first time I got a 13.5 and the second time I got a 25. This should not be possible. Much like some of the other courses in the IBM Data Science certificate program, I HIGHLY suggest adding an image of what the solution should be instead of leaving it up to people to determine what they think is right or wrong. This turned into an all day process for me and I'm beyond frustrated with the course and relieved I'm done with it.

By Ankit K

Jul 27, 2020

Very deep with less, almost zero explanations. Not at all for beginners. Either, it has been given as an overview or should completely moved to Professional Segment.

As I remember, at the very first starting of this IBM course series, it was quoted that you need not to know much coding, but what I am observing by end of the modules, it requires lots of coding.

There must be specific guidelines what to learn, what to master before attempting, otherwise it just becomes a mere certificate.

By Brandon M

Feb 17, 2021


1. Nice introduction to machine learning

2. Videos are not too long


1. Code in exercises made no sense

2. In some videos the presenter went into mathematical concepts not needed to understand the technique itself (at an introductory level).

3. Final assignment was difficult to follow as instructions were not clear

4. You will learn more if you read a machine learning book in conjunction with this course

By Erik D L

Dec 28, 2019

The videos are good, very clear

The lab exercises when compared to rest of the course is not satisfactory because in lab sessions, the algorithms were not explained and lacks Student excercise. It also lacks clarity around when to use which algorithm

almost every lab uses a distinct code compared to other courses i think it needs more commenting i didn' like the final grade either because is very subjective

By Adam S C

Jun 10, 2019

This course has good aims and covers a lot of ground though explanations given for the materials are often confusing over overly complex for the target audience. There are also spelling errors and formatting errors within some of the course contents, which causes issues - particularly for the final assignment. You'll learn a lot on this course but it's definitely not for beginners.

By Vyacheslav I

Dec 9, 2019

It could have been very good. But again, one more useless course by IBM. Your task is to copy-paste without asking any question why and how. Graded assignment is a joke. Sample result notebook is useless as nothing is explained, proposed models are bad and NOT CORRECT in a first place. Just give your money to IBM and don't ask questions

By Abe M

Oct 28, 2021

Some things need to be updated. Such and such is "Deprecated" errors, typo errors, and less and less thought put on in designing the exercises. I can feel the preparers dropping the ball towards the end of this course. Current visualization trends should be included like Tableau.

By Yariv Z

Jun 25, 2020

Very superficial. It teaches at a very high level and doesn't go into details in many cases. There are a lot of open questions and I feel as if I just got a taste. It should be the first course in the certificate as an introduction and then there should be dedicated courses.

By Barry y

Jan 16, 2020

Some codes were added but no explanation even. They were fairly complicated and should be elaborated on.

Instructions were also unclear, sometimes we have no idea what the assignment wants. I find my self googling the concepts instead of trying to learn it in this course.

By Vadim S

Apr 18, 2020

Good presentation videos is a plus.

However, the total lack of teachers/mentors support, crowd comments instead of properly designed final project is a much bigger minus.

Don't recommend to anyone who really wants to develop skills, not get a useless paper certificate.

By Nicola R

May 25, 2021

There is no support from Teaching Staff in this course, if you have a problem, you will not get any help from the forum. The grading rubric for the final assignment is really vague, which means the peer grades are arbitrary and not clear.

By Christos T

Mar 15, 2020

There are not enough exercises on the application of Machine Learning in Python. Also the server containing the exercises is always down. A lot of type-o mistakes.

The only good thing was the final exercise which was really interesting

By shaurya v s b

Sep 3, 2020

It was a bad experience learning with this course and long codes were there and they were hard to understand . Also the instructor failed to understand the maths behind machine learning. I don't like the course.

By Mark O

Jan 18, 2020

The peer-graded assignment is a mess - especially if you try resubmitting work. There is no incentive or way for peers to grade assignments after they have done their two reviews. Please work on this IBM.

By Michael S

Jul 12, 2019

course was fine, but the review process was bad organized. following the instructions, the reviewer couldn't see the work of the student. also not ideal, that students score the work of other students...

By Jim C

Jul 15, 2019

This course is not as well put together as some of the other Python/Data science courses I've completed. In particular, the final assignment is not clear, as you can tell from viewing the week 6 forum.

By Aravindan N

Aug 13, 2019

Mathematical basis of the algorithms were explained with less emphasis on coding. The coding part along with the algorithms were also not explained in the lab sessions.Needs improvement.

By Steve H

Dec 14, 2020

needs some updating - the exercises and assignment notebooks are out of date and some quiz questions don't match with the video content. Also it looks like the forum is not maintained

By Chirag G

Aug 6, 2019

Too basic. Also, its easy to pass this course without much efforts. Should include more assignments that require writing bunch of code. Also, should have different project for people.

By Aaron S

Nov 15, 2020

The course content was wholly inadequate preparation for completing the final assignment. I had to read and watch several hours of other materials in order to complete this course.