May 30, 2019
Exceptional coverage of optimization fundamentals. Learning of practical applied methods. Real university level course, no water down "data science". Absolutely love it! Thank you professor Pascal.
May 02, 2019
I just completed the course. This an amazing course with an Outstanding professor and highly interesting, although difficult, assignments. Thanks for this! I am proud to have finished
von Amin F•
Sep 10, 2017
This is a fun and challenging course! Without doubt the most challenging courses I've ever done in coursera!
I have a few suggestions for anyone who is considering to start this course:
1- You have to be a skillful programmer, be comfortable with algorithm design, tree and graphs structures and recursion. Also a general knowledge of models are useful.
2- You have to have enough patience to watch loooooooong videos (but the professor teaches in a pretty awesome and in times, hilarious ways!)
3- You really need to spend +15 hours per week on this course, not only the videos for each week is long but also each programming assignment will take tremendous amount of your time!
4- And finally you should be tough and not give up and sometimes have the courage to write your code again from scratch after failure!
von Melissa J•
Nov 03, 2018
Very difficult. Harder than pretty much all of the courses I've taken in college, more or less, based on how much material is covered and the amount of research you have to do on top of the lectures in order to just get a passing grade on the assignments. Definitely a grad level course, probably harder than most grad level courses I've taken in college just for the amount of effort needed to get a perfect score on all assignments (unfortunately it depends on how good of a computer you have to run your solutions). The challenge just makes it even more fun. Lectures barely covers anything needed to do the assignments, which just gives you a surface level introduction to the concepts needed to solve the problems. The discussion forum is crucial to getting good guidance on how to solve the problems. Pretty much all of the assignments involved doing your own research and reading a bunch of problem-related research papers to figure out what you want to use for your own implementations. I had a blast learning, and thank you so much for offering this course on coursera.
von Max B•
Jan 24, 2017
This course is absoutely excellent. It has really time consuming and challenging programming assignments, but I learned more than I have in a long while. I could not recommend this course more highly, and I have completed 20+ MOOCs. This is one of the best ones by far. :D
von Greg K•
Dec 23, 2018
The most challenging course that I've ever enrolled in. The instruction videos are just a 30% of what it takes to get perfect score on the assignments. Its the only course that I feel it was totally worth the time trying to complete it at 100%. Amazing instructor, and I'm totally gonna keep and revisit all of the course videos.
von Philippe C•
Jul 19, 2018
Great course, very challenging as problems are NP-hard and hence force you to find the right approaches for various problem set sizes. After a while, you get hooked and tried to find better and better solutions, reviewing videos for overlooked information, looking at research papers and available resources on the net. Programming times are only a minimum and I spent much more time than indicated.
von Paweł W•
Sep 01, 2018
Most difficult on-line course I've ever had. Demanding and engaging at the same time. Good luck to people without IT background :D.
von Zhu L•
Jul 04, 2017
I guess this could be the most challenging course I've had on Coursera.
1, almost all assignments are NP-hard combinatorial optimization problems.
2, data scale can be huge, assessment criteria can be strict.
3. choosing between CP, MIP solver and all kinds of stochastic and meta-heuristic algorithms is fun, gives you the chance to learn both with hands-on experience.
4. even discouraged from doing so, you'll still read a lot of research papers, about 20+ for me.
5. several thousands of SLOC to be expected, if you're honest with yourself.
6. even if you're looking to cheat your way through, you still need solid programming ability and understanding of the problem to do it, so don't bother, why ruin all the fun?
7. the facility location problem drove me nuts.
8. randomization is Pandora's box.
von olivier h•
Nov 30, 2018
I love it so much. Rather challenging , but excellent as it is clear and pushes you to improve in the fields you need (maths, modelization , programming, algorithms)
von ido h•
Mar 22, 2019
pascal the professor can explain anything in a way that anyone can understand
von Aditya U S•
Mar 31, 2019
Truly challenging course. Had enrolled out of curiosity. Before starting had only basic knowledge on combinatorial optimization. The course content is good and the course theme is basically exploratory. Really a dense course if determined to study in depth.The instructor is brilliant and his teaching style keeps you motivated all the time. The assignments are good and requires you to think thoroughly about the problem. Getting a higher grade is obviously challenging if you are a newbie to this topic, although scoring a decent grade is definitely possible. Overall loved the experience.
von Ka H ( C•
Jan 30, 2019
Good Course, I had learn a lot of concept of optimization
von Chitrang S•
Mar 31, 2019
Excellent Course, I would highly recommend for all algorithmist and programmers. It step by steps teaches how to approach NP-hard problems. The way the professor teaches make this highly difficult subject easy. Of-course assignments are very challenging.
von khalid d•
Sep 04, 2018
i wish there was 6 start rating so i can give this prof his due, he made a very complicated subject look very simple and easy to understand thanks a million
von Lê B C•
Oct 02, 2018
useful for optimize researcher
von Anders A•
Sep 19, 2018
This is my fifth or sixt online course on coursera, and it is without a doubt the best one I have done. Apart from the little goofy start with Indiana Jones, I simple loved the course. There was a lot of useful material covering what would have been several courses at my university. The assignments were challenging, sometimes frustrating, but really fun as well. I had a lot of fun doing this course.
von Aliaksei K•
Jul 16, 2017
One of the most challenging and interesting sources among all that I've passed so far. The lector has it's own hilarious style of teaching. All the material is carefully created and well structured. Every time that you pass the programming assignment, you feel that it's a real achievement.
von John D•
May 07, 2017
Just excellent. Exceptional teaching and well-formed, realistic assignments. Highly recommended.
von Carlos V•
Apr 02, 2017
If you want to understand better optimization techniques, this is an excellent Course, the explanations and examples are one of the best, the Course is also very challenging but worth the time and effort, you will learn a lot.
von Adrian F M•
Feb 06, 2017
I like the instructor teaching approach and the evaluation system, the subject itself took me a lot of effort and i think the LNS technique should be teached just after local search.
von Justyna J Z•
Apr 29, 2018
Great instructor, course is taught with passion pouring from the screen. It inspires me a lot!
von Pemson P•
Jul 21, 2017
Great course, with interactive teaching style and fun to learn.
von Alexey M•
Mar 06, 2017
The best course at Coursera I've had so far.
von Eslam B•
Jun 19, 2017
The course Materials and instructors are awesome.
This course is very good and essential in my point of view for researchers.
von Ole K•
Apr 05, 2017
I learned a lot in this course and it's definitely well managed and well taught by an amazing professor.
von Osvaldo A•
Jan 06, 2018
Excellent course, challenging and practical ... I recommend it for any serious programmer.