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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Statistics with R Capstone by Duke University

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About the Course

The capstone project will be an analysis using R that answers a specific scientific/business question provided by the course team. A large and complex dataset will be provided to learners and the analysis will require the application of a variety of methods and techniques introduced in the previous courses, including exploratory data analysis through data visualization and numerical summaries, statistical inference, and modeling as well as interpretations of these results in the context of the data and the research question. The analysis will implement both frequentist and Bayesian techniques and discuss in context of the data how these two approaches are similar and different, and what these differences mean for conclusions that can be drawn from the data. A sampling of the final projects will be featured on the Duke Statistical Science department website. Note: Only learners who have passed the four previous courses in the specialization are eligible to take the Capstone....

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Mar 23, 2017

I think this is a very advisable course as a whole, The capstone offers a good occasion to put into practice what has been learned during the four previous courses and also works as a sort of review.

Jul 12, 2017

Great course, learned a lot and got me started on another project that I've turned into a really nice portfolio item. I feel much more comfortable with R and statistics principles.

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By Andrea P

Oct 8, 2019

Very interesting project oriented and practical case! Well done!!

By andy d

Apr 3, 2017

The Capstone project really helped tie the program together

By Lou B V

Oct 10, 2020

It is great. You really have to apply what you learned.

By Marco G

Jan 13, 2021

Great project, real life application.

By Arjun B

Feb 22, 2018

Strong Capstone Project

By Gabriel T F

Aug 17, 2020

A very good course

By Marina Z

Aug 1, 2017

Great! Enjoyed it!

By Jim F

Apr 6, 2018

Loved this course

By Roland

Feb 2, 2018

Excellent course

By José M C

Mar 22, 2017

Great activity!!

By Oscar C R

Dec 5, 2020

Good Course

By Vinh H

Oct 12, 2017

Very good !

By Albert C G

Jul 1, 2017



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By Bruce H

Dec 6, 2017

This project will reward you for the time you invest. It's a good simulation of a real-world exercise in using concepts from the specialization. The reason I took away one star is because the grading rubrics at every step are relatively superficial, sometimes absurdly superficial.

By Mariia D

Mar 22, 2021

Course is good, well planned and teaches a lot

However, there is a problem with the certificate info, it is said, that there where "5 weeks of study, 5-7 hours/week average per course"

It is misleading, as there were at least 25 weeks of study, 5 weeks per course at average

By Benjamin E

Jul 12, 2020

Good, challenging problem sets. Final project is interesting enough, albeit perhaps could have required a bit more in the final submission to make it really rigorous.

By Matthew C

Sep 3, 2020

The capstone is difficult, especially the quizzes, but it's a great way to solidify the things you learned in the course.

By ninad p

Dec 7, 2019

This was my first course, and found it very useful to learn new skills.

By Tom M

Aug 15, 2017


By Katy S

Feb 1, 2021

I liked the format of the course with its combination of quizzes & mini-peer review assignments which progressed towards the final project. However, sometimes the practice exercises felt a bit random; additionally, there was very little guidance (in this course or others) on how to handle a dataset with so many variables. Overall this was a theme throughout the specialization; we learned how to do one-off analyses/run R functions in isolation but we did not learn much in the way of how to approach end-to-end analysis on real world datasets. Additionally, as in previous courses, the course maintainers were absent - forum questions, including those about errors in the course material, have gone unanswered for multiple years.

By Stefanie R

Jun 21, 2021

This course was a good way to bring together everything I learned from the previous courses, but it could have been a lot better. As with previous courses I had to teach myself a lot, particularly R code as it's simply not taught or not explained well enough. There is also no real support from moderators or course leaders - there are many posts in the discussion forums with questions or pointing out errors, some from years ago, which were never answered, so if you have a problem or don't understand something you're on your own! I also had to wait 5 weeks and get in touch with Coursera support to get my final grade, as I only got one peer review, despite submitting the assignment on time.

By Gonzalo C S

Apr 4, 2017

We spent several months waiting for this capstone to appear. The instructors dissapeared and nobody knew if this one was going finally to happen or what.

By Jennifer g e

Aug 22, 2021

Very little help to make the workshops.

By Alexander C

Jul 16, 2020