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M Cloney

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While Coursera is an amazing resource full of excellent classes, this is not one of them. The instructor is not engaging, confident, or a decent speaker. She knows the material, but it wasn't presented in a logical well thought-out way. Many of the people struggled in the fourth week of the class because the material on the exam and quiz didn't seem to have anything to do with the lecture. The other courses I've taken in this specialization have been really good, but this one needs to be totally retooled with a different instructor.
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This is one of the best MOOCs out there, folks. If you're interested in Machine Learning, have the tenacity to install and learn how to use Octave or Matlab, and have at least 10 hours a week to devote to watching lectures, doing quizzes and programming assignments, I can't recommend this highly enough. I'm sad that this class will be over for me in just a few short weeks!
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I was really expecting to learn more practical information and less theory. At least in the basic track, the lectures were occasionally interesting, but the sheer volume of the material and the differing styles of the lecturers made it hard to really tie everything together effectively. Having said that, anyone who managed to get the certificate with distinction has my respect. Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but with a thread on the course forums entitled "Week 2 Lecture Is Really Bad, What Can We Do About It?" with a NET of 102 up-votes at the time of this writing, I know I'm not the only one who felt this class needed a major overhaul.