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In this course you will learn a variety of matrix factorization and hybrid machine learning techniques for recommender systems. Starting with basic matrix factorization, you will understand both the intuition and the practical details of building recommender systems based on reducing the dimensionality of the user-product preference space. Then you will learn about techniques that combine the strengths of different algorithms into powerful hybrid recommenders....

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Jan 2, 2021

Really enjoyed the course!

One suggestion I have is to blend in even more advanced techniques such as using neural networks (e.g. NCF)


Jul 18, 2017

great courses! They invite a lot of interviews to let me understand the sea of recommend system!

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By Daniel P

Jan 7, 2018

Very interesting topic which I was really stoked to learn but unfortunately this course is missing the deep insight into the algorithms, it explains just one algorithm and its variations. The content is overall to little for 6 weeks course and the honor's assignment has very bad task description with errors and lack of validating possibilities.

By Evaristo C

Sep 17, 2017

This is THE BEST course in Recommendation Systems. Probably getting a bit outdated as the field is moving rapidly into deep learning and other techniques, but the problems faced by any recommendation system developer would be the same - ratings measurement, sparse matrices, ranking metrics... And THAT is probably the best contribution of the whole training: not only talking about the methods but pin-pointing the main REAL problems to solve.


By Ankur S

Jan 26, 2019

Great course to understand the fundamentals of recommender systems, as well the diversity & challenges of different recommender systems. The interviews with people from relevant academic fields & industry were particularly useful

I really wish that the programming exercises would be in Python. And that more details on how to implement them (the actual modeling of the algorithms etc) was delved into greater detail.

By Su L

Sep 11, 2019

It will be great, if we can do honor's track with Python or R

By Bret

Jun 16, 2017

The topics that were covered were done well, but I was expecting (and hoping for) way more on probabilistic matrix factorization (I still struggle to understand how it differs from regular MF) and Boltzmann machines. Also, only one assignment in the standard track? And you couldn't auto-grade standard track assignments and quizzes without charging a fee? Weak

By Nicolás A

Jul 24, 2018

-some videos need better editing

-should go into more mathematical detail for the matrix factorization techniques

By Daniel M

Aug 31, 2019

Content okay, if a little basic. Second honor's track assignment is a complete mess; can't even build properly. Complaints on discussion board have gone unanswered for months.

By Amine D

Dec 27, 2017

the way of explaining every concept is very boring

By Keshaw S

Mar 7, 2018

Based on my experience with the previous courses in this specialization, I was very positively surprised by the amount and depth of material provided in this course. It covers almost everything that is there to be known. The comprehensive interviews are a big plus point. Also, this course provides guidelines as to how to develop, employ and evaluate a recommender system in real life. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in the field to take this course.

By Blake C

Jan 13, 2018

Great course. Professors do an excellent job of breaking down this stuff into digestible bits without losing much substance. Highly recommend. You'll need to do some outside exploration and learning though.

By Hagay L

Jan 3, 2021

Really enjoyed the course!

One suggestion I have is to blend in even more advanced techniques such as using neural networks (e.g. NCF)

By Light0617

Jul 18, 2017

great courses! They invite a lot of interviews to let me understand the sea of recommend system!

By Joeri K

Mar 27, 2019

Great to have people from industry to talk about recommenders as well. Thanks a lot!

By Sanjay K

Dec 4, 2017

Awesome course especially for those doing Ph.D in recommender systems

By Blancher S

May 20, 2022

very well detailled

By Ziling C

Mar 29, 2020

so very helpful!

By Rahul G

Feb 19, 2018

The Hybrid recommenders i.e. Week 4 needs more explanation especially what is Tensor factorization etc, Week 4 was difficult to grasp. Week 5 and Week 6 was informative especially the LinkedIn video and Learning to Rank: Interview with Xavier Amatriain in which a problem was discussed of having that popularity vs Ranking issue.

Thanks it was quite a lot new things to learn ! My Rating 4.5

By Dennis D

Jan 10, 2021

Very good. Per closing comments, it probably needs an update (since 2016) as this is active, progressive area.

By Nora P H L

Apr 23, 2020

The content is really good, but overall the interviews with experts in the field are the best of this course.

By Alberto G

Jun 10, 2018

Programming Assignments are not clear enough and the quiz for the last one seems to be a bit off.

By Aankita K

Aug 14, 2017

Interview with Francesco Ricci

is very knowledgeable about context aware Recommender System.


Aug 25, 2018

It would be better if explaining how to build latent features

By Siwei Y

Jun 29, 2017

内容还是蛮有意思的。 就是 Interview 太多, 而且interview 的人的 上课水平参差不齐, 所以干货 不多。 另外 希望honor assignment 的 参考结果 应该比较 reproducible, 否则很难知道自己的 code 错在哪里。

Content is really interesting, But there are too much interviews, to give students more systematical impression. Besides that , I hope that the example output of honor assigment should be more reproducible , otherwise it is hardly to know if our code is corrrect.

By Raffaele Z

Oct 7, 2022

Some parts were really good. Others, most interviews, were too unstructured: the interviewees came up with many ideas, presented mostly verbally, without graphs, formulas, tables... This is dispersive, ideas cannot be fixed, it's a shame. You should use a more structured presentation.

By Deleted A

Dec 28, 2017

Few quizes. Easy tests. We need more information on the core techniques.