Mar 25, 2018
Great class...Luay's lectures and problem sets were a great continuation to what Joe and Scott started. I suppose I will get started on Course 7 shortly.
Apr 29, 2018
Excellent class in the series. Even if computational biology is not your thing, the assignments are really interesting, fun and informative.
by Todd R•
Sep 04, 2016
by Martin W•
Feb 03, 2017
Really like the mix of theory and practical application
by Daniel W•
Jan 08, 2020
Lots of good material to learn. Challenging. Lectures are easy to understand.
More dense, textbook-jargon "CS major" feel to this class than the others. Expect to spend more hours and have less fun vs. parts 1-4. Much easier to get discouraged. Major problems waiting for assignments to go through peer grading process, sometimes taking *weeks*.
More basic handouts such as: 1) Set notation cheat sheet. 2) Pseudocode examples fully decoded into simple language. Also, watching a visualization of the base-pairing algorithm (Needleman-Wunsch) is highly recommended for understanding what you're trying to do. You can google it, but it would be nice if they added it to the course. Also, more smiling.
In summary, it's a challenging course and I'm a better programmer for having finished it. However, it's more daunting, took me longer, and lacks the easy going/encouraging/illustrative style of the earlier courses. Peer grading takes way too long, especially if you're paying for a subscription.
(My review applies to both Algorithmic Thinking Parts 1 and 2)
by Roberto M P F M•
Jun 10, 2019
The content is great, but it is taking ages for me to have my last assignment reviewed