Jul 13, 2017
Prof. Koller did a great job communicating difficult material in an accessible manner. Thanks to her for starting Coursera and offering this advanced course so that we can all learn...Kudos!!
Oct 23, 2017
The course was deep, and well-taught. This is not a spoon-feeding course like some others. The only downside were some "mechanical" problems (e.g. code submission didn't work for me).
by Ben L•
Jan 13, 2019
Would be better if there are people monitoring the discussion board and actually answer student's questions.
by Sandeep M•
Sep 23, 2018
The content of the course is good but the assignments are in matlab which isn't as widely used as python and has the additional headache of licensing. it is the assignments where you really learn things so this is a serious negative point.
by Amine M•
Apr 30, 2019
The material is really important and helpful for many concepts of Machine Learning. Daphne Koller is very good at explaining complicated ideas in an intuitive way. The programming assignments are very relevant and cover many real-world application scenarios in medical diagnosis and testing. Unfortunately, programming assignments have many flaws. First, some scripts do not work and therefore it is necessary to manually adjust these in order to submit your assignment part by part. Second, the forum is almost dead, which means that is is difficult to get help once you are stuck at a problem. Most of the helpful posts are almost two years old. Third, often times questions in the quiz are very vague and not clearly formed which makes it difficult to answer the instructor's question. All in all, I think, that the course is worthwhile but nonetheless the course definitely needs some refurbishing and bugs in scripts need to be fixed.
by Michael S E•
Feb 14, 2017
This course was solid overall but not excellent. I learned the basics of different classes of probabilistic models including Bayesian networks and Markov networks and how to represent them. Prof. Koller is knowledgeable and presented the materially logically. With that said, this course could have been a lot better than it was.
The honors programming assignments could have been excellent The material was interesting and dovetailed well with the course content. But the assessment process was very frustrating and led to a lot of wasted time debugging that was geared more to quirks of the grader than to course concepts. Both test cases and feedback on failed submissions were woefully inadequate. Some of the quizzes were also frustrating, featuring what I consider to be "gotcha" questions geared more to creating a grading curve than to measuring understanding of the material.
Advice to course staff: (1) Please provide more test cases on coding assignments (2) Please provide better feedback in submission reports (3) Please monitor the discussion boards more actively for unanswered questions (4) If you want to provide an externally linked executable you intend students to run from Matlab, it's not reasonable to give a 32 bit file in 2017 and send us down a rabbit hole where you suggest we build the executable from source, which in turn requires us to build the boost library from source.
by Deleted A•
Nov 18, 2018
This course seems to have been abandoned by Coursera. Mentors never reply to discussion forum posts (if there is any active mentor at all). Many assignments and tests are confusing and misleading. There are numerous materials you can find online to learn about Graphical Models than spending time & money on this.
by Alex L•
Apr 09, 2018
This is not an easy course, so beware. The instruction is solid but you still need to reason through a lot on your own, and especially if you choose to complete the Honors programming section (which I highly recommend to prove to yourself that you really understand what you have learned and can apply it), you really need to plan on allocating sufficient number of hours to work through the programming assignments. You'll likely need to re-watch several of the video segments several times for it to really sink in, as well as referencing the Discussion Forum when you are stuck and need inspiration. Once you do complete this course (after many hours of work and thought) you will enjoy a deep sense of accomplishment, will look and think about decision-making in a fresh new way, and have learned many very useful skills.
Mar 13, 2018
In the video, a lot of knowledge point do not explain very clearly, we do not konw how to resolve the quizzes. Moreover, if buy the textbook, may acquire more detail about PGM, but the textbook do not explain very clear neither. Textbook is hard to read. Even so, this course is worthwile to learn. Because PGM is one of the basic theory of machine learning and widespread use. In the end, thank Koller and coursera! Thank you very much!
by Santosh K S•
Jul 28, 2018
Dear Madam thanks a lot for the course.
This course - in addition to Machine Learning, by Andrew Ng Sir, are perhaps most comprehensive courses.
This course covers a lot over a period of 5 weeks. It demands higher level of focus. So, the learning still continues..
Santosh Kumar Singh
by Shi Y•
Nov 13, 2018
by Dhruv P•
Jun 18, 2017
I have Actually Earned Three Years of my life (at least) and one possible patent because of this course.
Thank You Daphne Mam. God Bless Everybody Associated with it.
by Alexander P•
Apr 02, 2019
I really enjoyed the content of this course. Having been inspired by reading The Book of Why, I was looking for some formal language around Bayesian Networks and this course really fit the bill. My biggest piece of feedback is on the programming assignments. These really should be in Python. Octave is an okay choice, and I suspect might have to do with Andrew Ng original choice to use it for his own machine learning course. However, the data science community writ large uses Python and R, which is why Andrew switched to Python for his deep learning courses. I would recommend the programming assignment be updated so that they are more accessible to the data science community.
Jan 06, 2018
Good course, with actual university level content and depth (albeit in a multiple choice format). The explanations of the material were clear, however if you don't have at least a surface level familiarity with Bayesian probability and first year university level math, you'll find yourself spending a lot of time looking up random jargon on Wikipedia.
If you lack the necessary background, I suggest reviewing the content of Stanford CS109 (the content is publically available).
The assignments were a bit opaque / wordy; instead if an essay, provide clear bullet point tasks with a detailed appendix for clarity. Also, please use Python instead of Matlab. It's free, there's a more support available for it, it has much clearner syntax, much more comprehensive libraries and it's at least tollerably performant (in comparison to Matlab / Octave).
by Phillip W•
Apr 08, 2019
Sometimes the questions weren't clear. But in general, I really like the course and the things I've learnt I am sure they are useful.
by Tomasz L•
May 12, 2019
Great course! Lectures are clear and comprehensive. Quizzes really check knowledge and are challenging. In the programming assignments the main focus is put on implementation of PGM algorithms and not on technical aspects of Octave/Matlab. Some changes could be made in Programing Assignment 4 to make description and provided code easier to understand.
by Lorenzo B•
Jan 19, 2019
The course contents are presented very clearly. Difficult ideas are conveyed in a precise and convincing way. Despite this, the global structure is not presented very clearly, and the quality of some course material is not excellent. In particular, I didn't find the optional programming assignments particularly interesting, and the code/questions contained more than one bug. Also, the quality of video/sound is quite poor, and varies a lot from course to course.
by Marno B•
Feb 03, 2019
Absolutely love it!!!!
by Utkarsh A•
Dec 30, 2018
maza aa gaya
by Lik M C•
Jan 12, 2019
A great course! The provided training clarifies all key concepts
by Mahmoud S•
Feb 25, 2019
Very good explanation and excellent assignments
by Shengding H•
Mar 10, 2019
A very nice-designed course
Mar 27, 2019
I think this course is quite useful for my own research, thanks Cousera for providing such a great course.
by Isaiah O M•
Mar 31, 2019
I found well structured contend of these rare probabilistic methods (Actually this is the only reasonable course in this approach online)
Oct 31, 2016
by Pablo G M D•
Jul 18, 2018
Outstanding teaching and the assignments are quite useful!
by Nairouz M•
Feb 14, 2017