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Malolan Vasu profile image
Malolan Vasu profile image
10/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
  • 1 completed
2 years, 5 months ago
This is a great course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting an introduction to AI. The course itself was quite challenging and definitely worth the verified certificate. Although the quizz... This is a great course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting an introduction to AI. The course itself was quite challenging and definitely worth the verified certificate. Although the quizzes were just a bit tough, the programming assignments were extremely hard (in a good way). The projects were fun and interesting. Do however note that they might suck up a lot of your time (20-25 hrs on average) Also, this course has quite a bit of math in it. I took this course when I didn't know much of linear algebra and calculus and in some parts of the course, my mind was totally blank. Now , after finishing the course and after learning some of that math, I just went through those videos which had previously left me totally blank and I was able to easily comprehend the material. I also managed to pass quite easily even without the math ( I even left out a programming assignment and still got a 82%) so if you don't have the math knowledge, don't worry. Coming to the involvement of the staff and TAs, it wasn't great. At the start of this course (around week 1-4), the staff was extremely responsive and helped out tons of students. However, as the course progressed, involvement went down. Technical problems would go uncorrected for days and questions would be left unanswered for weeks(Note that quiz errors were still getting corrected throughout the course if those errors were reported quickly). Even with those problems, the course and its contents, engaged me. Fortunately, the staff realized the problem and became active in the last few weeks, with even the course lecturer, who is truly an amazing professor :), helping us out. All in all, a great course totally worth paying for the certificate. I unfortunately couldn't get the money ( :( 300$ is a lot in my country ) to pay for it but I truly enjoyed learning.
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Steven Frank profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 5 months ago
This broad, fast-paced survey of AI paradigms and strategies is the first entry in Columbia's AI MicroMasters series. It covers "the usual suspects" such as neural networks and other machine-learning techni... This broad, fast-paced survey of AI paradigms and strategies is the first entry in Columbia's AI MicroMasters series. It covers "the usual suspects" such as neural networks and other machine-learning techniques, natural-language processing and intelligent agents, but also includes a variety of state-space search techniques, constraint-satisfaction problems, a challenging introduction to propositional logic, reinforcement learning and Markov processes. It's a grad-level course, and although no special prerequisites are necessary and the concepts are readily grasped by anyone with a decent math background, the number of topics covered makes for a busy schedule. The programming assignments are interesting and rewarding but also require significant effort -- they require putting concepts that are covered in lectures at a fairly high level into practical, working use. I enjoyed the lectures. Prof. Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi is engaging, clear, and delivers her lectures with a cheerfulness that makes them feel personal. As I note in my review of the second AI MicroMasters course, Machine Learning, this course is very much prerequisite for that one unless you've already had significant prior training in the area. There is considerable topic overlap although almost no subject-matter overlap between the two courses, by which I mean that for most topics covered in great depth in Machine Learning, this course provides an essential intro.
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