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  • 14 reviews
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This was a exciting and detailed class on the subject of computional finance and includes a valuable introduction to the mechanics of using both R and Excel for solving financial problems such as portfolio optimization, Value at Risk and a wide variety of statistical type calculations, including the ability to download financial data from sites such as Yahoo Finance. Professor Zivot does an admirable job in presenting the material in a useful manner for the student. One small downside, is when I took the course last year, no certificates were awarded for those students who successfully passed the course.
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This course has some future potential, but not as currently structured with its somewhat unorthodox methodology for quizzes which in many cases have limited connection to the lectures, not to mention a somewhat vindictive grading scheme, which penalizes for some of the wrong answers. The lectures are somewhat long winded, but the slides used are reasonably high quality which add to the presentations. The instructor spends limited time in actually solving example problems, which would be useful in the quizzes. My sense is that most folks interested in understanding genetics and evolution would be better served by taking the outstanding, but challenging course, offered by Professor Noor from Duke University.
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An insightful, memorable, well organized and wonderfully presented course on the history of the world from 1760 to the present. Professor Zeilokow does a masterful job in weaving an entertaining and informative story without many preconceived notions, a creative framework and a healthy dose of skepticism. There is little doubt in my mind, that I will treasure the material I learned.
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This is a well balanced course on how nutrition impacts health. The instructor (Ferraro) did a great job presenting the material, which included topics on cancer, heart disease, gastro-intestinal tract, obesity, diabetes, etc. The assignments were balanced and included weekly quizzes and 2 peer review assignments. The course included several guest lecturers, and one of them from Dr. Lustig provided an insightful presentation on the heath dangers of fructose consumption (without any fiber), which was an eye opener for me.
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This was a challenging course mostly focused on clear mathematical thinking and notation with a fair emphasis on proofs. Overall, Professor Devlin is highly creative in his approach to this conceptually challenging course. Even though I have taken many more practical mathematically oriented courses such as calculus, differential equations, linear systems, etc, they did not help much in this course, because the emphasis is more on methodology than actually getting a correct answer. While I generally struggled for much of the course, I was elated when I was actually able to put many of the concepts together to achieve a reasonably high score on the final exam. Overall, this is a valuable course, especially for those who are beginning their careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
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This is a power packed and intellectually challenging course in digital signal processing, covering a broad range of topics from a little linear algebra to filters and communication systems. The instructors (Prandoni, and Vetterli) are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the material and there is a corresponding free online text designed for the course. The course is fast moving and mathematically intense with a fair number of homework assignments. If you get through the course, you will have a preliminary handling of some of the fundamental topics in DSP and hopefully be ready for a more advanced course. One nice feature of the course is the preliminary integration of Matlab for solving some of the more advanced problems. As it turns out, you should be able to acquire the much cheaper Matlab student version if you are enrolled in the course, which will also come in handy in other Coursera/other MOOCs. I highly recommend this course for those who want to get their feet wet in the broad digital signal processing domain.
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This is a course you will not soon forget, if you stick with it! I struggled a fair amount in the beginning, but over time I began to understand the fairly detailed mathematically intricate material. When you finish the course, you will have a much better understanding of important topics in financial engineering such as a wide variety option type products, term structures of interest rates, portfolio optimization, bonds, fixed instruments default mechanics, etc. I can't say enough about the instructors (Haugh and Iyengar) enthusiasm, active participation, and diligence, not to mention their broad knowledge of the topics covered. They were actively involved not only in designing the detailed spreadsheets used in the problem sets, but also providing a fair amount of mechanical guidance in the forums. This is a valuable and practical course and I can't recommend it enough for those interested in learning some of the intricacies relevant to financial engineering.
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This was a power packed and demanding broad based course focused on deductive, and intuitive reasoning which are key to forming and analyzing arguments. The instructors (Walter and Scott) were two of the more enthusiastic and creative lecturers I have ever encountered. They used a variety of techniques to help students better understand the demanding material. Overall, this was a valuable course, which can only help cut through the many fallacious arguments we are constantly being exposed to.
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Professor Noor is one of the more enthusiastic lecturers in Coursera. He and his team have put together a stimulating, demanding, and knowledge packed course. It was the first genetics course (for that matter my first ever formal Biology course) I had ever taken and I found it demanding. Professor Noor does an admirable job providing intuitive insights, wherever possible. The course also provides practice problems and relevant references. However, I found the quizzes and exams challenging, probably requiring more studying and analysis than I provided. Nevertheless, it was one the more enjoyable and valuable courses I have recently taken, and I highly recommend it.
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Overall a great and demanding course, which forces you to read a fair amount of stimulating science fiction novels. If you finish it, it will help you in becoming a better writer. Professor Rabkin is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturer who does an admirable job as guide to the relevant literature. However, the peer review process for grading the weekly essays on the reading material still has some growing pains and issues with consistency.
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Great course on the history of the word from 1300 to the present. Professor Adelman historical methodology focuses on telling an integrated story, wherever possible. He is an engaging lecturer and the assignments consisting of detailed essays on relevant historical questions were instructive. This was an insightful and valuable history course.
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Professor Page provides a broad course on the various types of mostly mathematical models (math used is somewhat restricted) which can be used to represent various aspects of reality. There is a fair amount of intuitive insights provided by Professor Page, which help in understanding. It was the first Coursera courses I finished and certainly one of the more memorable ones. I highly recommend it!
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Fantastic course from one of the more engaging professors. Professor Ariely not not only provides practical insights about our not so rational behavior but also integrates a broad swath of relevant research publications. This is a course worth taking!
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Professor Green did an outstanding job covering a wide variety of philosophical topics which are relevant to help better understand various aspects of the self. He is an engaging and enthusiastic lecturer. His meditation sessions at the start of each section of the course were novel and helpful.