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Taking class now, but course and edx site are really well done. Challenging material, but well-explained. Homework and project support the course well. Would highly recommend experience with Python and algorithms before starting.
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This was a well-done course but, unfortunately, very, very short. It's a good way to just get a very brief taste of Hadoop, MapReduce, and Cloudera. There are a couple hours of videos total and a couple of interesting labs that might take another few hours total. The material was professionally presented and fun to go through, but I was really hoping for a lot more content. In fact, it makes a good teaser class for someone that would have the opportunity to pay for a few thousand dollars for a class from Coursera. I hope other Coursera classes in the Data Science track have more content or the new "for pay" certificates won't have much value.
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My favorite MOOC so far, but this is not a course for everyone. The course greatly exceeded my expectations for the quality and amount of material. The instructor and Ronen were very enthusiastic about the material - both but far more into this course than the average I've seen so far in online courses. Both were very active in forums and they did several Google hangouts. To take this course, you should really want to an introduction to Astronomy and the physics behind it. You have to want to really want to learn the science - this is not just a descriptive course. You don't need more than high school science and algebra as a background. But, you have to be able to apply algebra and physics concepts to the problems. You don't just calculate numbers, you have to have the insight to choose the right formulas, etc.
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Very interesting and enjoyable introduction to the Astrobiology - but only an introduction. The class was only 5 weeks and only took a couple hours per week. Very good production value, very interesting. I would've liked much more material and a little bit more of a challenge.
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Really well-done. Best of the online algorithm classes so far. Great teacher, well-organized, homework supports material. Feels like a top-notch, university level course. Course follows a very good textbook written by the instructor.
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Course seemed like it was rushed and incomplete (although I know there have been revisions). Material was not university-level. I appreciate the attempt to make it intuitive and not too hard. But, the interactive quizzes were sometimes repetitive and too easy. There are much better options for learning Stats from Coursera.