Big Data and Social Physics

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Social physics is a big data science that models how networks of people behave and uses these network models to create actionable intelligence. It is a quantitative science that can accurately predict patterns of human behavior and guide how to influence those patterns to (for instance) increase decision making accuracy or productivity within an organization. Included in this course is a survey of methods for increasing communication quality within an organization, approaches to providing greater protection for personal privacy, and general strategies for increasing resistance to cyber attack.

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2/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 9 months ago
I'm not sure how there are already 20 reviews for this course when it wasn't released until today, but I just finished going through the main lectures and I have to say this course is very disappointing. I wasn't really sure what to expect since the course had 1 week listed as the duration: it a short one- sitting type of course that is just one of several installments the lecturer is planning to offer. The main lecture content raises many interesting concepts about big data and social physics but there is not enough content and each section concludes with the professor referencing his book and telling you to go read it to learn more even though the book is "not required." Basically, you’re given a bunch of interesting ideas and visualizations to whet your appetite and then the lectures fade to a picture of the book. I'm not sure whether this course is really trying to teach students or masquerading as a course while functioning as i... I'm not sure how there are already 20 reviews for this course when it wasn't released until today, but I just finished going through the main lectures and I have to say this course is very disappointing. I wasn't really sure what to expect since the course had 1 week listed as the duration: it a short one- sitting type of course that is just one of several installments the lecturer is planning to offer. The main lecture content raises many interesting concepts about big data and social physics but there is not enough content and each section concludes with the professor referencing his book and telling you to go read it to learn more even though the book is "not required." Basically, you’re given a bunch of interesting ideas and visualizations to whet your appetite and then the lectures fade to a picture of the book. I'm not sure whether this course is really trying to teach students or masquerading as a course while functioning as infomercial for the book. It's too bad because it is a fascinating topic and I feel that the lecturer could have made a good course if he took the time to create a 6-8 week MOOC that covered all the material in depth.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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  • 2 completed
1 year, 4 months ago
Very nice course. Alex Pentland rocks but in my opinion his ideas are at best if combined with theory U of Otto Scharmer and the way he understand Deep Data. In this framework, Big Data can make a great job for all of us. In Romania for example Yoga and meditation was interdicted in 1981 until 1990. Probably they are afraid that a small percent of divergent persons will be out of government control. Probably this science works in a proper way only in good hands. But the way we use it must be open.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
1 year, 4 months ago
This is about getting crucial ideas quick, it worked for me. Now I am transmitting them. I do not even need to mark the course as completed.
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1/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
A big advertisement for his book. edX should select its courses better otherwise other publicity clowns like this instructor will use this media as an ad tool. Pity because I had a high esteem for edX
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1/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 4 months ago
Bad course. It is basically an extensive promotion for the author's book. I doesn't build any skills for the learner; each unit has one intro video (quite informative and fascinating, I must admit) and a few additional videos of people talking about cool stuff which more or less relates to what the author said in the previous section. It doesn't really take you anywhere. Don't get me wrong, the SUBJECT of the course appears to be amazing, but the course itself is very bad. If you're interested in social physics, I recommend you buy the author's book and not waste your time on the course, as I will.
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4/10 starsCompleted
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  • 60 completed
2 years, 7 months ago
I audited the course and watched almost all the videos. This is not a real course. Just an ad for the book. It is a shame for MIT university to present this sort of material. However, the idea of this course is interesting and worth watching.
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2/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 1 month ago
This was the most absurdly assessed MOOC I've ever taken. It should really just be called a small collection of YouTube videos that are a bit too self- promoting rather than to be called a MOOC. The entire "class" is meant to be done in 5 hours. This certainly does not reflect well on MIT. The material in the brief videos can be illuminating or provocative, but this "course" is way too shallow.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
I think that this course is a very important one because it opens your mind for the possibilities you can aquire by using big data and gives you a new idea how a new kind of revolution is evolving comparable to the arriving of the iron age in former steps of the human evolution. And by the way I liked the book very much and bought the other one ("Honest Signals") as well.
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7/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
This course is a quick introducation to big data. I would like to see more deepth and more applications.
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1/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
While some interesting concepts were touched on, this "course" was a joke. It seemed to be more of an advertisement for the presenter's book and didn't try to teach anything. If you want a brief overview of the topic, this is the course for you, but if you want to learn how to use big data find another course.
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1/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
This course is unworthy of being on edX, it is one big advertisement for the instructors book. It being 'an experiment' is no excuse. The platform should have better filters to not let 'courses' like these on here.
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2/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
Worthless. It's ridiculously short and provides zero value beyond regurgitating quotes of psychologist and common sense in order to sell the authors' book.
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1/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 10 months ago
I am extremely interested in social physics and have read several of Pentlands papers, but MAS.S69x is not a course, it is one big advertisement for the his book. I learned nothing since there was nothing to learn. I really wished they would make a proper course on the subject.
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1/10 starsDropped
2 years, 10 months ago
I agree to the criticism voiced about this course, it is certainly not worthy of the MIT and not comparable to other courses from edx I completed. I have dropped it.
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1/10 starsDropped
2 years, 10 months ago
This is not a course... it is a commercial. Very disappointing. EDX should guard it's reputation as a quality education provider more vigilantly.
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2/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
To me this course seems close to an advertising scam. This is about people who use and write about big data. It's not about big data itself. There are no concrete examples, no real data and no practical exercises.
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1/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 9 months ago
This course is a scam, as well as most of its reviews here. The reviews were written before the course started with the intention to publicize the course. Please note all the five star reviews about how the course WILL be. Are pre- reviews allowed here? The whole idea of the course is to sell a book and big- data is a good way to catch customers. At least the Foreman grill could actualy do something! A shame!
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4/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
There are lots of warning about MOOC turning into freemium model in which a course is used to advertise for a school or a book. But this course is even below that. There are few videos in which the lecturer speaks at conferences, and the rest are entrepreneurs talking about their ideas which are interesting but nevertheless are another kind of advertisement.
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3/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
The course links to many interesting articles but fails to provide enough depth in the course materials. It's essentially an advertisement for the book...
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6/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 10 months ago
I've just completed the course. I think that this course alone is not enough to get better understanding about Social Physics and I will need to read the book Social Physics by Alex Pentland. Because although it is stated as "not required", Professor Alex Pentland is always speaking to read more in his book in the course lecture videos.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
hello, I am from Indonesia (I live in a small town and my internet connection is not good), but I really want to be able to follow this course, because I am very happy with the development of technology (IT) and want to be able to use OOP- language. Saya pernah mengikuti 6.001x (beberapa kali... dan baru 1 kali bisa menyelesaikan meskipun tidak 100%)
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9/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
I am not sure what people really expected to get out of this from the bad reviews they posted other than to gain some insight of what is available. I was left fulfilled but I have a drive to learn more about the subject and was very intrigued on the subject matter it left me really wanting to research more. Thanks for the well informed lectures and hope to get more in the future.
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5/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 9 months ago
I was a bit disappointed was this course and am surprised that it has a 4-star average rating. While the subject matter is interesting, there was not any how-to's or implementation details of the technologies or processes. It was mostly an survey of the applications with various speakers talking about the work they have done, each of those topics corresponding to some section or another of the instructor's book. I agree with some of the other reviewers saying that the course felt like an advertisement for the instructor's book, which I'm sure that like myself, a lot of the students in this class must have purchased. The book itself reads a lot like the instructor's self- congratulatory rhetoric about his own accomplishments and how he has broken new ground and charted the future of Social Physics.
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6/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
Nice course, really interesting topics. The videos are presented in a good manner. But no assignments and who ever marked yes in certificate section receives a honor code certificate which is kind of not fair type. Here no difference would be there between a person who had done this course really and who did not. According to me if quizs and exams would have been there it would have certainly been a course worth taking.
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3/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 10 months ago
Well that was different!! I feel like I just walked out of a focus group and watched some info-mercials. I do see that "social physics" is a very relevant and interesting new field of study made possible by big data technologies and that it has many potential applications. But that's about it. At least it introduced me to the term "social physics".
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
Alex Pentland has hooked me on to the topic in the introduction! I cannot wait to learn about Big Data and Social Physics. And also, learn from the pioneer of Google Glass! Can't wait to start!
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
hello everyone, its my first of taking a course here and i hope to enjoy it....Can't wait to start.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
I believe this will help me a lot in taking desitions about supply and demand, I am an actvist and i need to understand where english teachers are more likely to come from to mexico. I really liked the interoduction video.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
Hello Everyone. Great introduction video!Straight forward,simple and meaningful. Social engineering is a great topic to discover. Can't wait to participate ! :) Greets!
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8/10 starsCompleted
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2 years, 10 months ago
Hello! I am from the Canary islands, Spain. I want to do this course because I think this is an amazing topic. Track all the information and learn from it is incredible!!
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