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Pablo Torre

Pablo Torre

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Hadoop Platform and Application Framework

Written 3 years ago
The quality of the course is not very high.

The quizzes are painful with correct answers being counted as wrong and "choose all that are true" format questions that provide no feedback. For the most part they tested for "facts" and memory retention.

However, it does provide a good overview of the different components in the Hadoop ecosystem, and did provide a good guidance for further studies into these tools.
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Machine Learning

Written 3 years ago
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Neural Networks for Machine Learning

Written 3 years ago
This is a hard class, it goes deep into the math behind neural networks and it goes deep into the design implementation of such network. It is also a unique opportunity to learn from someone who is a pioneer and one of the lead thinkers in the field of neural nets.
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Pablo Torre completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

CS188.1x: Artificial Intelligence

Written 3 years ago
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Data Analysis

Written 3 years ago
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Computing for Data Analysis

Written 3 years ago
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Introduction to Big Data

Written 3 years ago
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Introduction to Big Data Analytics

Written 3 years ago
The course is implemented in an unprofessional and mediocre manner. All the practice "hands on sections" are walk throughs of the tutorials included in the cloudera QuickStart VM. The quizzes have questions that are just wrong from cryptic multiple choice questions that rely on obscure grammar to "appear harder", to concepts that are included in the quiz before they are taught in class and even one case where the correct answer is not included in the multiple choice and one has to choose an answer that reflects a misconception and poor understanding of the material, in order to get it right.

The one thing that worked with this course was coursera's refund mechanism.

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Pablo Torre is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Intro to Hadoop and MapReduce

Written 3 years ago
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Reinforcement Learning in Finance

Written 4 weeks ago
The material covered in the course is mostly focused around the mathematics of the Bellman and Black Scholes equations. The professor takes several weeks attempting to relate between the two in order to provide a mathematical framework to price options through reinforcement learning, but fails to present this information in a way that is straight forward to put into practice. The problem is further complicated by inconsistent use of notation and excessive amount of details which are not needed to put the concepts into code.

The programming assignments are ridden with problems, from graders that only accept an answer which is technically wrong and must be entered with a "known bug" , to assignment instructions which include many complicated formulas... but not the ones needed to complete the assignment. On top of this the assignments are implemented in a hacky way that doesn't make full use of Coursera's auto-grader and instead requires copying hash-key's back and forth in order to submit answers, or even building your own local environment to execute the assignment notebooks as the cloud version gets stuck. The final peer graded assignment is specially bad, as the problems above get compounded by the difficulties of finding peers to review your assignment on a sparsely taken course.

The discussion forums were abandoned by course staff and the only support available comes from other students who have "figured it out" on their own, or had posted questions showing their code seeking help on messages which have been reported for months without a solution.

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Pablo Torre completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very hard.

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