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About the Course

Probabilistic graphical models (PGMs) are a rich framework for encoding probability distributions over complex domains: joint (multivariate) distributions over large numbers of random variables that interact with each other. These representations sit at the intersection of statistics and computer science, relying on concepts from probability theory, graph algorithms, machine learning, and more. They are the basis for the state-of-the-art methods in a wide variety of applications, such as medical diagnosis, image understanding, speech recognition, natural language processing, and many, many more. They are also a foundational tool in formulating many machine learning problems. This course is the first in a sequence of three. It describes the two basic PGM representations: Bayesian Networks, which rely on a directed graph; and Markov networks, which use an undirected graph. The course discusses both the theoretical properties of these representations as well as their use in practice. The (highly recommended) honors track contains several hands-on assignments on how to represent some real-world problems. The course also presents some important extensions beyond the basic PGM representation, which allow more complex models to be encoded compactly....

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ST
Jul 12, 2017

Prof. Koller did a great job communicating difficult material in an accessible manner. Thanks to her for starting Coursera and offering this advanced course so that we can all learn...Kudos!!

CM
Oct 22, 2017

The course was deep, and well-taught. This is not a spoon-feeding course like some others. The only downside were some "mechanical" problems (e.g. code submission didn't work for me).

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By Gorazd H R

Jul 7, 2018

A very demanding course with some glitches in lectures and materials. The topic itself is very interesting, educational and useful.

By Ashwin P

Jan 9, 2017

Great material. Course mentors are nowhere to be found and some of the problems are hard, so I'd have liked to see some guidance.

By Forest R

Feb 20, 2018

Excellent introduction into probabilistic graph models. Introduced me to Baysian analysis and is quite helpful for my work.

By Иван М

Apr 26, 2020

Great course, would be nicer if exercises were in Python or R and if software from first honours task worked on Mac.

By Xiaojie Z

Dec 22, 2018

Some interesting knowledges about PCM, but I think I need more detailed information in the succeeding courses.

By Luiz C

Jun 26, 2018

Good course, quite complex, wish some better quality slides, and more quizzes to help understand the theory

By Saurabh N

Mar 24, 2020

The coding assignments can be compulsory too.

Maybe not as vast, but maybe interleaved with the quizzes

By Werner N

Dec 28, 2016

Very good course. It should contain more practical examples to make the material better to understand.

By Haitham S

Nov 24, 2016

Great course, however, the honors track assignments are a bit too tedious and take lots of time.

By Kevin W

Jan 17, 2017

The course is pretty good. I love the way that the professor led us into the graphical models.

By Péter D

Oct 29, 2017

great job, although the last PA is a huge pain / difficulty spike - more hints would be nice

By Andres P N

Jun 27, 2018

There are many error in the implementations for octave. Aside from that, the course is fine

By Ahmad E

Aug 20, 2017

Covers some material a little too quickly, but overall a good and entertaining course.

By Soteris S

Nov 27, 2017

A bit more challenging than I thought but very useful, and very well structured

By mathieu.zaradzki@gmail.com

Oct 4, 2016

Great and well paced content.

Quizzes really helps nailing the tricky points.

By Caio A M M

Dec 2, 2016

Instructor is engaging in her delivery. Topic is interesting but difficult.

By Michael B

Dec 12, 2019

Honors seems like a must to full instill concepts/implementation

By Anshuman S

May 7, 2019

I would recommend adding some supplemental reading material.

By Jhonatan d S O

May 25, 2017

Rich content and useful tools for applying in real problems

By Vahan A

May 31, 2020

Please, provide programming assignments on Python or C++

By Alberto C

Dec 1, 2017

Theory: Very interesting. Assignments: not so useful.

By Yuanduo H

Jan 19, 2020

Five stars minus the week 4 coding homework

By Arthur B

Jan 8, 2017

More feedback from TA would be appreciated

By Ian M C

Dec 26, 2018

Writing on the ppt is not clear to see.

By Soumyadipta D

Jul 16, 2019

lectures are too fast otherwise great