Very good overview of ML. The GraphLab api wasn't that bad, and also it was very wise of the instructors to allow the use of other ML packages. Overall i enjoyed it very much and also leaned very much
The course was well designed and delivered by all the trainers with the help of case study and great examples.\n\nThe forums and discussions were really useful and helpful while doing the assignments.
by Arun J•
not useful since the material covered lacks any rigor.
by Mike L•
Might be good for someone looking for a casual overview?
I really wanted to like this course, and was excited about the series. Very disappointing. Refunded after scoring 100% on first three weeks and watching the theory portion of week 4. I was familiar, with the subject prior to taking this course; was hoping for a deep dive.
Too many trivially short and low information density videos. Handwavy mathematics. I would have liked to get a more solid idea of the depth of the series from the first course before committing money.
Default software for the course has near-zero market penetration (per indeed.com), unless maybe you work at Apple -- not really excusable for something that purports real-world value. Yes, you can use other software, *except for the capstone*, per another reviewer: this is fatal.
Presenters just not fully prepared to lecture on the topic: the nail in the coffin was the end of the week 4 lectures on clustering: "So, at this point, you really should be able to go out there and build a really cool retrieval system for doing news article retrieval. Or any other really, really, really cool retrieval that I can't think of right now. But of course there's lots of interesting examples. So go out there and think of ideas that I can't think of right now." Really? How about: "Cut! Take two."
Many poor design choices for the presentation. Too much time spent writing things on slides that should have already been on the slides.
As of this review: no reviews on the last courses in the series, and some poor (but indicative) reviews of the other courses.
by Jakub A•
Definitely too little detail, too little math - for people with academic background this course may be confusing and, ironically, hard to understand because it tries to be "intuitive" - omitting the important details and formalities, in other words. The biggest downside is the TuriCreate library - it's not well known, uses other syntax than popular libraries like Pandas or Scikit-learn for some strange reason, and does not have impact when written on CV. I've known about 3/4 of the course beforehand and it was both not good for recalling the prior knowledge and for learning new things (I don't feel I understand anything new from this course). A big letdown overall.
by Hamid N•
I found it very annoying and unprofessional to use a different library (graphlab) in the videos and instructions than what has been asked us to use (turicreate). Making jokes and trying to seem friendly is not what (at least the only thing) that makes a course a great course. Please re-record the videos or at least add instructions as for how codes in the old library are translated in the new library. I was looking forward to finish this course but I have to cancel since I don't want to waste my time googling for each single function to find its equivalent in the new library.
by Sujith S M•
The course content is really nice however it is nearly impossible to install the turiconnect to my machine as it wont support Python Version 3.8 and i saw many people complain about the same.
I tried with Anaconda,Ubundu WSL and then i learn i need to be a programming expert to install this software and i do not think it is worth to put my whole effort just to install a software.
Atleast i would expect the instructors to give a detailed description how to install the necessary tools then it will be helpful.Hence i wont recommend this course to anyone
by SIVA S•
Faced too many issues during oncourse period.
Still feel the teaching is outdated from software point of view
Issues was started the moment the .zip files had to be extracted and to be fed in Jupiter notebook.
My suggestion to coursera: Kindly change the description of the course for Intermediate who have previous knowledge on coding, but not for Beginners.... We struggled alot.
by Winston H•
This is the most junk and worst course I have ever taken. It has been so many years, and the software recommended by the two doctors cannot be installed at all. Now the most popular numpy and pandas are not mentioned at all in the course. All the videos are related to the junk-like software. I don't know why such quality courses can still be put on the coursera platform.
by Toma K•
Warning! I paid for the specialization and now it tells me that the course ended 2 months ago!! i can't complete quizes which is why i paid!!! no options available to contact support.... no refund available....
by Pablo S•
I should have read the negative reviews before wasting two full days trying, and failing, to install the required software. I urge anyone reading this to avoid this course and look for alternatives.
by Xing W•
I was expecting to solve problems using more open-sourced package. Unfortunately, I feel this series of courses are more of an advertisement for the instructor's software company.
by Eduardo R R•
This course rely on commercial library. I am sorry, I don't believe the convenience of a commercial library is good for your learning. You may end up locked in.
by Dmitri K•
The whole course based on some proprietary software. In general, it seems that the main goal of the course is promote that software.
there is no proper documentation.
at least there should be some clear instructions for first program
by Mario L•
I dont like the tools they used, it seems like a promotion for their company.
by Lester L•
Not made for Windows, you need a linux or mac VM to apply this course.
by Tim B•
Complete waste of time until it is written using open-source packages.
by Phillip B•
Would have greatly preferred if open source tools were used.
by Chandrakant M•
I felt that I paid for demo of the Dato/Turi.
by Nitin K•
Not good support to learning process.
by Nik M N N G•
The material in this course severely needs an update. Some of the code examples (not from the video, because the video is obviously from old materials) are problematic. It's an interesting experience to learn a new library but I wish the experience is different. The quiz should be tougher in my honest opinion.
by Tomas R L•
This was a really nice course, clear and introductory, a nice way to get introduced Machine Learning. I did this course cause I had free from my university, but I wouldn't recommend paying for it. The course is abandoned and a little outdated, so don't expect more than just an introduction
by Nafi A K•
the course contains misleading information about a capstone project that I discovered -by coincidence - that is no longer exists, the video introduction and the final videos is mentioning the capstone project time and again ! , I think this is a major problem bacause such project was one of the most usefull demonstration of the skills that one could acquire from the course, if I knew this before I would not have enrolled in this course, unfortunatly I discovered this when I am already in the second Regression course!
by Hector G A ( O - T ( A•
Do not take this course. The material is interesting but the course is old. Currently, there are compatibility issues between python and turicreate. You may get stuck in the first week. I have asked support to Coursera and what they will do is to prompt you to a website suggestions that do not work either. I have already highlighted this issue to courser (either they update the content or remove the course from the list). I strongly suggest to find another similar courses with more recent content.
IF you are a beginner who would like to take up a job in a Data Science related field, read on:
The packages used here are not listed in a single job requirement in Angel, Glassdoor, etc. I know they said use the tools you want to, but most people taking up courses like this or similar are people with none or limited experience in Machine Learning. Rather than promoting tools created by the professor (Turi; Read the Wikipedia page, it seems like an advertisement) they need to use tools that are widely used in the industry.
(Though Turi has been acquired by Apple, the scope is very limited)
Furthermore, due to lack of proper support and solutions on sites like Stack Overflow, it gets harder for a person who lacks programming experience to debug if any problems arise
**THE BIGGEST ISSUE: Turi is NOT SUPPORTED on Windows!** I had to use a virtual environment in Ubuntu Terminal. (I may be wrong with the exact wording) For finding out how to use the package read this:
(Funny thing, the author of the page actually wrote "If you are taking the Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach", meaning someone would rarely use it for anything else IF they do)
Concept Explanation was good, but the above point was a major disappointment because I had to learn packages like Pandas and Scikit-Learn (Any job listing on Machine Learning using Python would list these as a MUST requirement. Besides, the support available on Stack Overflow is huge) after learning a package I would never use in my job.
So my suggestion is if you don't mind learning Turi and would like a surface level explanation of the concepts, go on.
by Mihir I•
Extremely disappointed with the quality of the teaching content. There is a major disconnect between the materials presented in the videos and quizzes. While there is a warning that there has been a shift from graphlab to turicreate, there is no way to assess the impact on additional effort required to fill in the gaps. In fact, one of the instructions in the week 2 programming assignment is outright wrong so you will be able to pass quiz. The discussion board is tough to navigate because of the subject heading are cryptic e.g. Need help, Error, etc. As a result one has to sift through many post to get an answer. Compared to other offering on Coursera, It is not worth paying for this course.