• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other Pie Elite all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Paul Clapham
  • Ron McLeod
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
  • Tim Cooke
Sheriffs:
  • Liutauras Vilda
  • paul wheaton
  • Henry Wong
Saloon Keepers:
  • Tim Moores
  • Tim Holloway
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Carey Brown
  • Frits Walraven
Bartenders:
  • Piet Souris
  • Himai Minh

Coursera Algorithms course

 
Bartender
Posts: 1810
28
jQuery Netbeans IDE Eclipse IDE Firefox Browser MySQL Database Chrome Linux
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Has anyone taken this course? I'd like to hear your thoughts on it. Based on the description, it sounds very difficult. I don't even recognize much of the terminology (union-find, red-black trees?)

I do not have a CS degree or any advanced math so this one might be way over my head.
 
Bartender
Posts: 1210
25
Android Python PHP C++ Java Linux
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I took their previous session (in October '14) and I highly recommend it.
I really liked Sedgwick's way of explaining both the concepts and the thought process.
It's more visualization and programming oriented, rather than CS/math oriented. Check out some of their book material to get an idea of the course content.
You don't require a CS degree or advanced math to take it. Quite the opposite, in fact; the material is designed to be approachable to those who haven't taken CS/math.
 
J. Kevin Robbins
Bartender
Posts: 1810
28
jQuery Netbeans IDE Eclipse IDE Firefox Browser MySQL Database Chrome Linux
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks for the info. Based on that I'll probably check it out. It doesn't cost anything, so what do I have to lose except some time, right?
 
Karthik Shiraly
Bartender
Posts: 1210
25
Android Python PHP C++ Java Linux
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
In fact, I took this course because other ranchers here had good things to say about it. You might find the previous discussion on it quite informative.
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 262
4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Karthik Shiraly wrote:In fact, I took this course because other ranchers here had good things to say about it. You might find the previous discussion on it quite informative.



For some reason my posts in that thread seem too discouraging. I think it's not too difficult to complete this course with a full time job if that job and your chores give you a healthy lifestyle.

These days you get two weeks to complete the assignment without penalty and almost about a month to complete it with little penalty. That is really a cool thing. To anybody considering to take up this course, I'd say, go for it.
 
Seriously Rick? Seriously? You might as well just read this tiny ad:
free, earth-friendly heat - a kickstarter for putting coin in your pocket while saving the earth
https://coderanch.com/t/751654/free-earth-friendly-heat-kickstarter
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic