16. Jan. 2017
Excellent course, well thought out lectures and problem sets. The programming assignments offer an appropriate amount of guidance that allows the students to work through the material on their own.
24. Aug. 2016
excellent material! It would be nice, however, to mention some reading material, books or articles, for those interested in the details and the theories behind the concepts presented in the course.
von Diego T B•
28. Aug. 2016
The retrieval part of this course is great, it deserve five starts. The clustering part was going well until it reached LDA.
The LDA module is very poorly covered, and also very hard to understand. I had to watch the videos more than two times to try to figure out what was LDA, and a Quora article posted in the Forum could explain it much better.
Then we get to the Hierarchical Clustering module, which was the most poorly module in all this specialization. There is only one video talking about HMM models, and Markov Chains deserve at least one week to even get started with it. And to complete, there is just one Assignment with only 3 questions.
The specialization was going perfect until now. I am very disappointed with this course. I hope the last two courses are much better covered and not just ran over like this this one was.
von Sunil N•
4. Juni 2020
Emily and Carlos have done a wonderful job overall in stitching the specialization together. Bit disappointed by the shortening of the same by exclusive of the other two courses. Would have loved to do that having come forward to this extent. A minor feedback about the 4th course which I felt was that there was more reliance on verbal communication during lectures than on analogies or examples, making it tough to grasp certain concepts (or needing too much of focus on the verbiage). The assignments in the end and worked out examples were what turned out to be helpful at the end of the day, so kudos for providing them. I overall liked the journey and hopefully looking forward to implement the skills I have imbibed. Thank you and stay safe!
von Ramesh S•
21. Aug. 2018
The clustering course covered a lot of topics, and it seemed a bit hurried too. I felt the quizzes could have been better worded to make it less confusing. LDA in particular deserved a better treatment - more could have been done I thought in terms of explaining the mathematics as well as the intuition (relative to MoG). Overall, it was a good course, but the best way to judge this would have been to ask a question like this - "what if people did clustering and retrieval even before they did other modules (regression and classification) - would the faculty have dealt the subject in the same way? ". My guess, is "unlikely" and that kinda explains what was missing !
von Saeed S T•
7. Sep. 2016
Overall a good and useful course, however:
A) They could do a much better job regarding LDA, standard Gibbs sampling, and Bayesian model and inference. Many slides on these 3 topics only contained some text and the instructor tried to "verbally" visualize the related important concepts. Hence not a good use of a video session.
B) Week 1 and the 1st half of Week 6 were redundant.
C) It would be much better to have a 7-week course with more topics and may be with some optional videos on Bayesian model, HMM.
von Adrien S•
7. Okt. 2016
Feels like this course in the specialization was a bit rushed, compared to the first 3 courses. It had 2 modules (first & last) that were more like placeholders and the middle 4 modules went from concept to the maths behind the algorithm very quickly. It needs a bit of work on expanding the course and presenting a bit more slowly. Having said all that, the concepts and algorithms taught are very interesting and a good first step into the unsupervised learning section.
von Oliverio J S J•
20. Juni 2018
Some of the contents of this course are interesting, but it seems that this course has been very affected by the changes that forced the cancellation of the last two courses of the specialization. Apparently, they had to redo it and there are even two fake weeks (the first one and the last one). It is a pity that they did not want to spend more time to reorganize it.
von Ahmed N•
17. Juli 2017
The course focus on a great part of researches i have never read about them or had any idea about all of it. It doesn't focus on how we implement the core functions of machine learning but it was all of benefits and very very good to me i have learned a lot of things thank you all it's very tough and challenging course for me thank you all.
von Dmitri B•
21. Juni 2017
Theory is cool but programming assignments requires proficient phyton knowledge. GraphLab helps but it wont be used in real life in our company :(
I found strange that often optional topics are major part of quiz, but anyway you should watch everything :)
von Dimitris Z•
8. Juni 2019
It has intresting theory but I believe the exercises need to be improvised. Maybe using Jupyter online and guiding the student to write code to solve the problems. In conclusion, I understood the basic theory but mostly that.
von Kayvan S•
15. Feb. 2018
Great course but I think the workload could be spread across the weeks more. Also, I had a lot of trouble with the sklearn toolkit (probably due to installation issues.).
von Piotr Ś•
15. Feb. 2017
Dependence on GraphLab technology is a big minus. The lectures are poorly balanced in terms of difficulty. Apart from that - interesting course, I'm glad I took it.
von Aayush G•
10. Nov. 2016
This specific course traded off depth and detail for breadth of topics. Too many ideas were quickly described and not really built up to my liking.
von pavan b•
29. Juli 2019
Few concepts were covered in hurry with lot of concepts described abruptly. It took a while for me to do research about those topics to catchup.
von Alexander S•
7. Aug. 2016
great course, but module 4 lacks a bit in structure. hard to follow. without the forum, it would not be possible to make it in time.
von J N B P•
16. Okt. 2020
If you are familiar with the fundamental concepts of Clustering, unsupervised learning this course will help you move forward.
von Baubak G•
11. Juli 2018
Need more details in the coarse. I think many of the topics need more working on, and are not sufficiently described.
von Valentina S•
16. Aug. 2016
Interesting content but explanations are less clear with respect to the other courses of the ML Specialization
von Michael L•
18. März 2017
slightly repetitive of classification course with no real use-case value except lots of math..
von Rishabh s•
13. Aug. 2020
explained with pretty much good effort but can be improved if they focus on coding as well
von Volker H•
18. Juli 2016
please rework in particular week 5, part 2
von Nicolas I•
31. Aug. 2016
A little too superficial and hand waving.
von Harsh A•
18. Juli 2018
Too little "case-study" approach
von Stuart L•
30. Aug. 2016
the homework is getting easy
von Rohan L•
29. Aug. 2020
I leave 2 stars as I learned a lot of new information and methods, and the theory and math behind them.
You will learn about Data Science and Machine Learning, but not much about Python.
The course is pretty much abandoned and outdated. Sframes and Turicreate packages (instructor's creations) are used instead of more universal packages. Installation in the beginning took some time and research. Many of the assignments have errors and bugs in the code that have not been updated. Forum assistance is abysmal for clarification or deeper questions. Many links are dead.
There are many times in the lectures where the instructors are writing several sentences in their handwriting on their notes instead of having the text ready to appear.
I would suggest using this course and series as a supplement to other information one as learned, not as an introduction for initial understanding. I found myself frustrated too many times.
von Ryan M•
16. Sep. 2020
While the topics covered in this course are arguably more complex than those in other courses in the Machine Learning specialization, I felt that the instructor did not do a good job covering the complicated material. There is a lot of statistics in this course, and the instructor seemed to assume that students would know many of the statistical terms and concepts without explaining them. I had to use a ton of outside resources to augment the videos presented as part of this course.
Furthermore, many of the assignments seemed to have errors in them. For the last programming assignment, there is no correct answer for at least one of the questions. Since there is no support from instructional staff or Coursera, this is a bit frustrating. Luckily you could pass the quiz without even answering that specific question.