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Roma Gluskin

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I took some courses in AI and ML in my undergraduate studies, and was curious about their large scale implementations. This course looked very promising for me. Unfortunately the instructors' English is very poor, the presentation format is very disorganised, and on top of that the questions are intentionally worded to try to sneak one up on you. I did find the programming assignments quite enjoyable to solve, even if the timed format was a little quirky (we had to precompute all the database, and 2 minutes to submit the answer to a query presented to us). At the end of the course the instructor had the audacity to peddle a book he just published on the course subject, which looked badly unethical (as if he explained badly on purpose, causing students to buy the book in hopes to get a better understanding and grade). I seriously considered dropping on multiple occasions, because I have better things to do with my time (and you can learn about map-reduce from Wikipedia), but I stuck with it(finishing soon). For me it's a good thing though that I took this course out of pure curiosity - I feel sorry for the kids in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi that took it and need to get a good grade.
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I was interested in an optimization course. I don't have any experience in the field. This course offers a relatively very comprehensive coverage of linear programming/simplex, and integer linear programming, occasionally dabbling in convex optimization. The course was very enjoyable, especially the programming assignments, even if too often I felt like it was intentionally oversimplified to allow a broader audience to participate. The course staff, especially Sriram, show an exceptional participation in the forums and are always glad to help (some questions were raised regarding the time they allow themselves for sleep). The university was hit by a natural disaster during this semester, and yet the course continued without a hitch - amazing dedication on the instructors' part. (reposting my review which I previously did anonymously)