Oct 17, 2016
Very good overview of ML. The GraphLab api wasn't that bad, and also it was very wise of the instructors to allow the use of other ML packages. Overall i enjoyed it very much and also leaned very much
Aug 19, 2019
The course was well designed and delivered by all the trainers with the help of case study and great examples.\n\nThe forums and discussions were really useful and helpful while doing the assignments.
von Ravi P•
Sep 08, 2018
The materials used in this course are extremely outdated. In order to access the data to do the projects you have to use SFrame, which is only supported up to Python 3.4.x. Python is currently on v 3.7.0. The data should be provided as .txt or .csv to be more universal. The instructors claim that you don't have to use a specific library to do this course, but you have to have at least SFrame in order to access the data! Further I am sure SFrame and Graphlab are good tools, but the course should be taught with open source tools so that the students can continue to use those tools after the course is over.
I wanted to like this course. I did enjoy the professor's teaching styles, but the fact that I would have to download a new outdated python environment, and non universally accepted tools, to even access the data is a major deal breaker!
von Oscar A R•
Oct 24, 2018
I spend two days trying to get the graphlap lib working on two OS, and could not. I had to spend couple of hours setting up the aws services to be able to work with the samples.
Phd's I dont think they make good teachers....
von Gianmaria M•
Jan 22, 2019
Very relevant material clearly explained by the professors, who are very knowledgeable and engageing. However the installation and usage of the GraphLab module is cumbersome and plagued with bugs. This could still work if there was enough support however I did not find any helpfrom the mentors/tutors who simply did not answer my questions in the Forum thus making my experience even more frustrating. Pity, I certainly hope Coursera can fix it as the class is quite good
von sreeraj c•
Jan 21, 2018
Such a bad presentation with no help to people with graphiclab tool setup.
von Sourav S•
Jun 27, 2018
Too dependent on Sframes and graphlab which does not work most of the times. I had to spend an entire day just figuring out versions of python to make this work.
von Jatin K P•
Mar 28, 2018
To follow along the course you need to install Graphlab library, which is the biggest challenge. Also, the support you get from the creators are not good enough.
I regret to waste my time on this course.
von Ibrahim M A•
Apr 29, 2017
My only happiest moment in this whole course is writing this review, I couldn't wait to finish it in order to give it the 1 star rating it deserved.
What I've seen from this course so far is abandonment , that's right this course is abandon ware, no questions get answered on the forums (asked a question a month ago and still didn't get an answer) and the links are outdated (links to further documentation don't work).
I wouldn't recommend this course to anyone wanting to learn Machine learning since the instructors use proprietary libraries that need a license to use outside this course thus application wise what you learn her isn't transferable only the conceptual content;however, even in that there isn't much content for, since everything is an introduction here so nothing is quite useful .
If your on a tight budget and your taking this specialization you could skip this course. Actually you could even skip this specialization since they canceled the capstone project so investing any money and time here is a waste. I can only recommend this specialization/course IF the instructors add a project at the end , be more involved on the forums , update non functional links ,and finally USE NON PROPRIETARY libraries hence they will need to take feedback from the students and redo most components of this specialization.
von Walther A G L M•
Jul 02, 2018
relying on proprietary library and unreliable notebook made this experience painful
von Theron R F P•
Nov 05, 2017
Good intro to the ML concepts, but my review is negative due to :
von Elvin V•
Oct 26, 2017
The worse course I have ever taken on Coursera. Forcing you to use their own library which is also not open source and free is ridiculous! You will never use graphlab in the future and there are better alternatives available! Totally useless experience. And most of the time vide lectures are just some mumbo jumbo, like showing diapers or napkins for 2 minutes! I have successfully wasted a lot of time on this course.
von Rahul D•
Dec 23, 2017
Course uses proprietary packages. Better learning from "The Analytics Edge" conducted by MIT at Edx.org
von Ernie M•
Sep 25, 2017
I enrolled in this specialization to learn machine learning using GraphLab Create. Half way into the specialization the creators sold Turi, GrapLab's parent company, making it non available to the general public (not even by paying) and then all the knowledge devalued. I wish I had known this and I would have enrolled on a different specialization. The creators still give you the possibility of using numpy, scikit learn and pandas but I had already done a lot with GraphLab create. The time I invested on my nights after work became a waste. I was trying to convince the company I worked for to buy licenses for GraphLab create.
Coursera should not allow folks to create courses that promote a private license course because it would make people waste their time and money if they decide to privatize the software.
Don't take this course, and if you take it then only use GraphLab create when the authors give you no other option.
Teaching style: Carlos was good, Emily is not very clear and loses focus of the topics and often rambles. She seems very knowledgeable but she lacks clarity of exposition when compared to Carlos or Andrew Ng.
von Andrew W•
Nov 04, 2017
Requires software called Graphlab Create that would not install on my machine. Unable to complete any of the course material due to this.
von Matthew H•
Oct 26, 2017
I just completed the first week of this course and am choosing not to continue. The first week consisted of 75 minutes of video in which we learned a half dozen facts regarding Python syntax and the use of SFrames. This content could have been presented in a single 5 minute video with just a little planning and editing. I realize that the presenters perhaps wanted to ease folks in, but this is silly. There may be good content in the following weeks, but I am not patient enough to find out. Gonna try a different ML class. Sorry guys.
Apr 12, 2017
Maybe a good course, but you need to be an IT crack to be able to install the software and make it works. Online help does not help. Irritating! 45USD lost. I don't recommend this course.
von Wei-Zhe Y•
Mar 18, 2019
另外可能是在下才疏學淺搞錯了，在一些linear regression或是logistic regression的範例中，由於案例中的dummy variable過多，造成變數之間線性相依(n維空間中有k組向量，若k > n，必然存在若干向量彼此線性相依)，直覺上有無數組解都可以達到幾近0的SSE，因此縱使結果再漂亮，對那幾個case中的參數，個人其實感到相當的疑惑。類似的困惑還有推薦系統的上課實例等。
von Eugene K•
Feb 10, 2017
If you are considering this specialization I would recommend the Andrew Ng course instead and the main reason is that it isn't depend on proprietary ML framework. Despite the good lectures, the assignments don't help you develop the knowledge required for ML developer role.
Taking in consideration the permanent postponing the courses delivery, from summer 2016 to summer 2017, finally the most interesting part of the specialization was cancelled. I'm completely disappointed with the specialization learning expirience.
Jan 04, 2017
This specialization is delayed for months now - very annoying! Don't give them money!
von Susan L•
Nov 05, 2018
Out of date. Should be retired or updated.
von Ron M•
Sep 26, 2018
I signed up for this course and began the reading and videos, but once it was time to begin interacting with the technology required (Amazon Web Services) , it appears this course is not longer supported by the instructors. Most communication on the course seems to have stopped between 1 and 2 years ago. Recent comments on the discussion forum no longer receive a response.
von Sharina C•
Feb 09, 2019
I am extremely frustrated with this course. I have spent sooo many days just trying to get the software set up. It's currently week 3 and I can't complete week 1. I've followed the directions and run in numerous roadblocks, some of which I was able to resolve after searching through the course forums. I shouldn't have to scour the forums to get setup...the instructions should be updated. Unfortunately, I'm still stuck in week 1, unable to get the software running properly. It's really frustrating.
von Pritish K•
Apr 07, 2019
The most useless course on Coursera. I have wasted 3 weeks just trying to install Graphlab and the installation seems infinitely tedious. There is no support from Coursera or University of Michigan to install the software
Why do they insist on teaching on a software which have so many known issues and so many students are struggling to install the software.
The objective is to learn data analytics and machine learning, not to become a systetm admin and n IT guy.
von lianghui t•
Mar 09, 2019
the graphlab can not be installed
von Karthik M•
Dec 27, 2018
A good course to understand the basics of Machine Learning. The only issue is the use of Graphlab library. Since it only works on Python 2.7, it is not convenient for people who prefer Python 3
von Shibhikkiran D•
Apr 13, 2019
This is course is very informative for a beginner. It helps you to get up and running quick provided you have little basics on Python. You should( sideline on your own interest) also pickup Statistics/Math concepts along each module to make a rewarding experience as you progress through this course.