May 24, 2016
I like this course very much! Rope is the cleverest task I have ever done! Of course, I hope in future I will work on even more difficult problems, but this is pretty good already for me as a student!
Apr 06, 2018
Data Structures was really interesting over all, also assignments are quite challenging. It's important to consult the external references & discussion forums if you want to get the best of it.
by Cameron H•
Mar 11, 2019
Excellent course. Great coverage of data structures. Good practice questions and explanatory videos.
by Dhiraj K P•
Mar 02, 2019
Good Course for Knowledge
by Сергей С•
Mar 02, 2019
It was difficult in using of pseudocode in my code
by Hakim T•
Mar 01, 2019
Apr 14, 2017
Algorithms in lectures were useless to programming assignment
by Marcin W•
Apr 15, 2016
The fact that test cases are not available is extremely frustrating and time consuming. I absolutely disagree with the instructors about the reason why test cases are hidden.
Learning new complex things is time consuming, it is essential, and it is ok. Without this time spent you wouldn't have learned even half of what you've learned while trying to find your mistakes yourself. Also, the testing techniques presented here are indispensable in the real life, and many learners of the Algorithmic Toolbox course have already confirmed this
Hello Mr. Levin,
First please forgive me for communicating with you in this place. I am not sure if there is a direct way to answer you, but I believe you will have access to my response.
I entirely agree with what you said that this needs time and I do not mind spending time learning new things. That is why I am here in the first place. But I think that hiding the test sets misplaces the balance where this time is being spend.
Let me give you an example: week 3 – hash chains - assignment no. 2. I wrote the app, submitted this and it failed on test no. 5. Having generated tons of test cases I was nowhere closer as all looked good, but still failed your engine. As it turned out the problem was not with the algorithm implemented but with the presentation layer. ‘Check x’ command when x is not found in the hash table should return blank line and my program returned nothing. I could not find this in the specification hence lots of hours trying to figure out the solution.
It was not a bug with the program, it was the problem how the data is presented. I do not mind spending time developing solutions to the assignments. I would love if there were more advanced (even optional) problems to solve but I want to spend this time on the algorithm and solving the task rather than trying to figure out how to display the data.
Please, do not get me wrong, I absolutely adore the course, lectures are brilliant and my opinion should be regarded as a constructive criticism even if you do not agree with me. Thank you again for what you are doing.
Jul 15, 2019
The course is well structured and smooth. The content is rich and really covers the important stuff in data structures.
However, still, the problems come from the interface and the grading system, please Coursera you can do better than this in the discussion forum and the grader.
by Bhavesh S•
Jul 14, 2019
Good course for learning the basics of Data structures and Algorithms
The course also cover some advanced topics .
overall good course.
by Suhash B•
Jul 13, 2019
Course is really informative...Assignments are really challenging..
by Rohit R A•
Jul 06, 2019
Everything has been taught from basics. It is a good course.
by Буров А•
Jul 04, 2019
The lecturer Daniel Kane does not explain things clearly. I constantly had to switch to other material listed in references to understand what he was talking about. I know that usually lectures are supposed to give you only general understanding of the problem and you still have to read additional material, but with Daniel Kane it is practically useless to watch lectures. I am sorry if I offend him, but lectures were a real problem for me so I think I have to speak out.
Another issue with this course was poor design of home assignments. For example, after a huge Week 5 where we cover: search trees, binary search trees, AVL trees and all operations on these trees - there was no home assignment! Why? In consequent Week 6 we cover Splay trees and get 5 problems as home assignment. The first three problems have practically the same solution, you only need a few adjustments and these problems are on binary search tree properties (not AVL or any in particular). Then, there are remaining two problems that only cover Splay trees (as far as I understand). Such assignment design makes it hard to sort out the topic (at least for me). Moreover, the rest two problems are huge and as the result you cannot check only a fraction of your alogrithm instead you have to check it entirely. And since these problems are not necessary to complete it is really hard to motivate yourself to keep trying to submit them considering that it may take hours to find a bug in a huge (comparing to other assignments) chunk of code.
Overall, I find this course very useful, but comparing to Algorithm Toolbox the self-study section really suffered and two MAJOR topics were given to one not so good (in my opinion) lecturer. As the result I struggled not because of the course complexity, but because of inconviniences.
And also grading system acts strangely. In python3 graders don't usually accept recursion because of RecursionDepthLimit error, however, all stress tests on my computer were completed successfully, but I still had to rewrite everything in loops. I guess it is usefull to know how to implement an algorithm both in loops and recursion, but I'd prefer if they specified the appropriate method for the problem beforehand.
by SHIVAM G•
Jul 04, 2019
by Tejasvita P•
Jul 03, 2019
I learn a lot from this course
by Ayaz K•
Jun 27, 2019
Overall course is excellent but programming assignments are not a cup of tea.
by Sriparna C•
Jun 26, 2019
topics are not explained in detail and the program implementation is not taught
by Natraj n c•
Jun 17, 2019
An awesome course with real-world examples. Binary search trees lectures should be improved. They should have thought it with much detailed explanation. Anyways you will love this after doing assignments.
by yuvraj g•
Jun 17, 2019
Great Course Highly Recommended.
There is hell lot of information to grasp. Must take this course. And put everything in it.
by Chirantan s•
Jun 14, 2019
This course is very good for those who are trying to learn Data structure. well you have to have some basic knowledge of the programming languages like python, c++, java for the programming assignments.
Very good course for intermediate level. Thank you so much!
by Namrata G•
Jun 14, 2019
by Piyush M•
Jun 10, 2019
by Greg G•
Jun 09, 2019
Great continuation of the Algorithmic toolbox course. There's a lot of new, interesting material here. The videos are very good, the slides are of high quality, and you will also find some good references to online university materials and interactive visualizations.
The homeworks are challenging but enjoyable, and you will also find some really challenging optional assignments here.
The only downside of the course is that unless your friends are computer scientists, you're going to lose them if you talk too much to them about AVL trees, distributed hash tables and splay trees! ☺
Even some programmers/coders scoff at these things, but as a programmer I'm certain that you will become a better at your job if you learn these.
Can't wait to start the next course in the specialization!
by Richard Z•
Jun 05, 2019
The course itself has amazing content as always. I've learned a lot.
by Subash T•
May 29, 2019
It was very helpful.
by varun r•
May 27, 2019
Very good insights in the data structures. There can be more focus on linked List, Graphs etc.
by Pulkit J•
May 27, 2019
Course was very good and it helped me a lot in developing my skills