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Patrix Rembang profile image
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5/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 4 months ago
I took this course when it premiered. While Prof. Ullman is a brilliant man, the length of the video (30+ minutes), and maybe my lack of math maturity made me hard to follow the lectures. He most of the time... I took this course when it premiered. While Prof. Ullman is a brilliant man, the length of the video (30+ minutes), and maybe my lack of math maturity made me hard to follow the lectures. He most of the time just reads what's on the slide. It would be better if he write on the slides, like Andrew Ng did in Machine Learning or Jennifer Widom did in Intro to Databases, or like Salman Khan. The good parts are Prof. Ullman and his assistant would answer questions on the forum. The office hours also help. The quizzes and exam are quite difficult for me. The optional problems are difficult too. You should have experience with formal proof, because the course video is structured as a theorem-proof sequence. You should also read the book, because it provides more context and intuition than the videos.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
This is a great course covering automata and complexity theory, aimed at those who can follow university-level mathematics easily. So, if there's no prior background, this might not be the case for you, sinc... This is a great course covering automata and complexity theory, aimed at those who can follow university-level mathematics easily. So, if there's no prior background, this might not be the case for you, since it's more math-oriented rather than computer science-oriented. There are a lot of proofs, and interesting discussion problems that have been posted every week, and solved in the forums. There are two programming assignments as well, so this is a nice combination of theory and practice. Discussion forums were very useful, and professor was active in these as well. I came to this class after finishing the Mining Massive Datasets one, which I extremely enjoyed, and I've put the Automata on my watchlist, and it certainly was not a mistake.
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