Jan 11, 2016
Great course that strikes a balance between teaching general principles and concepts, and providing hands-on technical skills and practice.\n\nThe lessons are well designed and clearly conveyed.
May 28, 2016
I like the breadth of coverage of this class. Each of the exercise is a gem in that I get to learn something new also. I would highly recommend this even to experience practitioner also.
Dec 06, 2015
Great assignment and course design! Not easy for me.
von Aayush M•
Oct 28, 2015
I feel that there should be more assignments to make the course interesting. The last part just briefly explained about different database types but it also focused two lectures on Pig. There could be an assignment to make the lectures more meaningful or perhaps, a quiz. Otherwise, last week is too much information to grasp at once.
von Jan Z•
Nov 21, 2016
The course was very good - especially the map-reduce part I found very well explained and inspirational. The problem sets were thought-provoking and really taught me a lot.
Two things that could be improved:
1) The problem sets are really nice (again, map-reduce is the best one), but there are quite a few errors in the description, a lot of information is dated (e.g. in ps.1 the twitter link is old), and working with the grader can be very clumsy. See Machine Learning by Andrew Ng to see how to design perfect, easy to operate and submit problem sets. Perhaps work with PyCharm creators?
2) The second to last part was a bit lacking - it was basically skimming though all different types of databases, which didn't make me feel like I really acquired any skill. Because of how little time was spent on each database type and there were so many, I don't really remember much of it now (hardly anything to be honest).
von Tony G•
May 13, 2016
covers a lot of ground quickly, but you still get a good understanding of the underlying theory or technologies
von Krzysztof L•
Jul 27, 2016
Good introduction to Big Data systems.
von Joris D•
May 21, 2017
The course gives a good introduction into handling large amounts of data, the problems it poses, and an overview of the available solutions. Towards the end of the course, it started to feel a bit less polished and more rushed, though
von Xuefei J•
Oct 27, 2015
it is very useful but easy enough
von Abhijit S•
Oct 21, 2015
Good Course for beginner in Data Scientist field. I recommend this course
von Damien L•
Nov 16, 2017
Excellent course. I just sad about the absence of any assignment or even quiz in Week 4..
von Annavajjala S P A S•
Mar 13, 2017
The contents of the course were good enough. The assignments, though simple required some work in terms of understanding the kind of data that you are dealing with, which is important. Although, a lot of content has been covered, it was arranged in a logical manner.
von Sreeparna M•
Sep 18, 2017
The course is good. It definitely gives a broad overview of the topics. It's presented in an interesting manner and I would definitely go in-depth about these topics. Although, it would have been more helpful had there been more graded quizzes and assignments.
von Chuck C•
Jun 26, 2017
Great content. The questions are academic and sometimes hard to understand the desired outcome
von Mandar B•
Mar 29, 2017
Course gives you good overview on different important data science technologies. Hands on labs are important to get the grip on concepts.
von Mariano S B•
Nov 19, 2016
von Gregory T•
Nov 29, 2015
Interesting intro to some powerful ideas
von Wesley E•
Oct 04, 2016
Definitely need some background in R or Python and the lectures are a bit old. Seem to be from around 2013 when this first came out but most of the info is still relevant.
von Dylan T•
May 06, 2017
The course is interesting and well made. Compared the the other two, I found the first assignment quite difficult and required quite a bit of time to complete. Introducing SQL through relational algebra seemed relevant to me, and made the formulation of SQL queries very natural. The section about map reduce may appear difficult to process first but as the student has to go through (and beyond in one case) the examples presented in the course. In the end, I found the assignment very useful in putting thing in place. I received full grade but still have to go through week 4, maybe a small quiz in the end to test our understanding of the different concept would have been handy.
von MICHEL S•
Jan 05, 2016
Very broad and instructive course with a good level of theory, many practical examples. Good teaching.
Some nice assignments but a lake of assignement for the 4th week
I recommand this course
von Timothy R•
Jun 22, 2017
Very good introduction to relational algebra and map reduce. Also helped scratch up on some python and SQL.
von xia b•
Feb 12, 2017
recommend to improve assignment details
von Jim S•
Aug 10, 2017
The theory and relational algebra is a little heavy for me (I am very much a practitioner). That said, Prof Howe is *excellent* in is presentation. Very clear and easy to follow. Sometimes beats a dead horse (Map Reduce) and as a result, you definitely know what he's getting after!
von Kenneth H M N•
May 15, 2017
Overall a good course, with teachings bit into very manageable lengths of time. My biggest grievance is that your submission has to be in encoded in a particular format (utf-8) if memory serves. So you may have to resave your .txt files if you try to do all the programming on a windows laptop. This may be obvious to some, but it took me a little to figure out.
von Dany M•
Aug 21, 2017
There are times where a user without a very fast connection will struggle to set up, the virtual machine is impossible to get for them. Between the internet and the forum the needed information is there but it makes the first assignment take 15+ hours. A little help on the assignment page on how to get going on Windows would save a lot of people some time.
Apart from this ist is quite good. The automatic grading is amazing and the videos quite nice.
von Gregory C•
Nov 25, 2017
Very good class - the assignments were pretty uninteresting, though.
von Sajit K•
Jan 12, 2016
Its pretty decent. I liked the assignments. However there were some typos in the lecture slides and also the grader output is not very friendly.