Feb 13, 2019
One of the best courses I have taken on Coursera. Choosing Java for the lab exercises makes them inaccessible for many data scientists. Consider providing a Python version.
Sep 19, 2016
it's a fantastic course that gives you a good idea of what the objectives of recommender systems are and some intuition on the way how it can be accomplished.
von Jan Z•
Oct 20, 2016
The course authors did a great job explaining concepts related to recommender systems. However, the programming assignments require Java usage, even though they could easily allow people to use different software, by just explaining the required algorithm and accepting a csv file with orderings/predictions. That was quite disappointing.
von Ben C•
Oct 30, 2017
I'd really like trying coding, but there's no Python option..
von Abou-Haydar E•
Nov 22, 2016
I love the course's content but discussions are of poor quality and the honors tracks assignments are a little messy. I ought having more explanation about the tool to use or maybe doing the programming assignments in another tool/language than Lenskit even it seems like a decent project.
von Aussie P•
Jul 02, 2017
Well prepared course. In-depth lecture. Easy to follow even when listening only. The course lectures is very detailed, and that is one thing I really liked. The videos does feel a bit long, and maybe we can chop it to smaller sub-topics.
The interviews are very interesting and show a glimpse of broader universe of recommendation system. However, the concepts explained in the interview is a bit hard to follow, as there is no accompanying presentation materials and it jumps to detailed content with little context
The regular exercise feels very easy but helpful to make the concepts concrete. The Honors programming exercise looks interesting & challenging, but it seems too hard for someone with no programming background. I am also learning Python in parallel, so I decided to drop it to avoid learning 2 languages in parallel.
von Mehmet E•
Jan 13, 2018
videos are too long... I had to watch them with x2 speed...
von Peter P•
Oct 04, 2016
Too theoretical. I hope other parts will have more details.
von Swetha P S•
Oct 25, 2017
Very informative course! I had a great learning experience working on the programming assignments required for honors. The only drawback is the style of communication (written and spoken) is elaborate and confuses many non-native English speakers including me.
von shailesh k p•
Jun 22, 2018
I am very new to recommendation system and yet able to comprehend the lessons. The best thing is explaining the system with example. Walking through Amazon.com and explaining content based and collaborative filtering is easy to grasp.
von Nitin P•
Nov 18, 2016
I think this is a good course to start exploring recommendation systems.
von Reza N•
Apr 27, 2017
The course was easy to understand. but i find the slides not much of help.
von scott t•
Aug 03, 2017
first time taking a course using Coursera...material was very interesting and well explained. I wish there was a way to speed up the audio track a little to shorten the lecture length. hard for the lecturer to engage with an audience that is not there, but both tried to do so.
von Rahul R•
Jun 10, 2018
I think some of the interviews didn't really give me great insights. I know this is only an introduction, but I was expecting more fields than movies. I am overly critical though, all in all a very good way to understand recommendation systems.
von Алешин А Е•
May 18, 2018
It would be better to make practice on Python.
von Wesley H•
May 09, 2018
Great introduction to Recommender systems. Really got me thinking about how I could apply them.
von Keshaw S•
Feb 02, 2018
Some of the assignments are not particularly well created, in the sense that they seem to emphasize on recalling rather than learning, Also, most of the interview failed to hold my attention in general.
Overall, however, this is a very good course and gives a comprehensive overview of the prevalent techniques in the relevant fields.
von Hagay L•
Jun 16, 2019
Overall a good course that teaches the basics for content based recommenders.
Would be great if the assignments were a bit more challenging, e.g.: work with large datasets (and not the tiny datasets used in the assignments)
Would also be good if we were provided papers of recent/notable research on the topic to read further.
von Atieno M S•
Aug 16, 2019
The course was a good one with content that's understandable. I can't wait to proceed to the next one
von Alejo P•
Sep 13, 2019
The course is really well oriented, topics are broadly covered with good explanations and examples. One major drawback of this course is that the honors track is not implemented in Python, though I believe that possibly in future versions this will be adapted. In my case, the two options left are either I learn Java programming or I do not take the honors track.
von Md. S R•
Jan 05, 2019
The lecturer were very lengthy, at least for me. I find it difficult to concentrate.
von Jon H•
Feb 14, 2019
The content of this course is solid. It's a good introduction to content based and non-personailzed recommender systems. However, the presentation is poor. The course is largely based around videos which appear to be single takes. Snappier, well edited videos would have been better and, as a result, I often found myself skimming the transcripts rather than watching the videos.
von Sachin S•
Oct 31, 2016
I expected a lot from this course but it could have been a lot better - lengthy videos, not trying to explain the concepts in an understandable ways. Ended up confusing with various interviews and what are differences between various content based recommenders. The programming exercises were good and provided a good overview.
von Sharat M•
Nov 09, 2016
As an introductory course, the content was good. But I wish the approach was more analytical and more hands on. Rather than history of Recommender systems & what happened in the 90s, I would have been happier if the course was able to throw light on the latest stuff in this field, the latest mathematical techniques etc.
von Maksym Z•
Jan 30, 2017
Some useful terminology if you want to ever communicate with someone who does recommender systems.
Very diluted content.
Mostly large text slides with the presenter talking in a monotone voice.
Programming exercises are done in Java and require deploying an IDE + an unused open source project developed by the authors. Hint to the authors: use Python, R or Octave like everyone does.
Some of the questionaries are ambiguous.
von Chunyang S•
Feb 03, 2017
Generally I like the contents of this course. I particularly like that insights are provided in terms of what aspects to consider when designing a recommender system; pros and cons of different approaches. However I'm also extremely bored watching the videos because looking at the lectures reading the scripts (most of the time with very slow speed) is one of the quickest way to send people to sleep. I'd hope the lectures will improve their presenting skills.
Another comment is the honours track assignments should really be put into more thoughts. I passed them with 100% credit, but I didn't feel I gained a lot useful knowledge through this exercise. Generally it felt to me that the complexity of the implementation is much much more than needed in relation to the complexity of the problems. Eventually this assignment became grinding with Java's verbose, annoying syntax and unnecessary computations designed in lab instruction. For example, in the first programming assignment, why if the ModelProvider object already computed the entire map of ratings, and the map is directly needed in the Recommender object, the Model object only provide API to retrieve individual rating but not the entire map?! Isn't it a wasteful computation to reconstruct the rating map? So I doubt the structural design of the program is sensible, or the expected solution would actually be done in real applications. Also I think Java is just a really out-dated, bulky language to work with in this kind of task. It really makes the assignment experience awful.
von Faizan A•
Mar 01, 2017
The assignments are not very relevant to what is being taught. Java 7 instead of Java 8 makes things too verbose. Lenskit is painful to use and in the week 4 Honors assignment its just impossible to get the results desired by the grader. I would suggest the Teaching team to use R/python scikit instead of Java