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2 days ago

Work load is reasonable (500 word reading commentary each week + presentation w/ 1000 word commentary + a 3000 word final paper). The class is quite discussion based but one can get away with not doing the reading since the class is usually pretty big/medium sized. Lectures are kind of long and sometimes a bit boring but the reading material is generally pretty interesting (would recommend not taking too much time to read into the readings since a lot of the stuff is pretty complex and Dr Hansen goes over everything in most of his powerpoints anyway). The content of the class is pretty applicable, but I think focuses a little too much on the international side w/ a lot of the readings being on South Africa and South East Asia. In general, thought this was class was manageable and interesting.

2 days ago

As a humanities major, I say: TAKE THIS CLASS. Understand that you will be signing up for a survey class, so you cannot expect too much depth in material. What you can expect, however, is to learn about key concepts in cognitive science in a comprehensive, relevant way. You can also expect to learn from some of the most bright, inspired, and caring faculty in the field. WARNING: Do not give up on the class during the weeks dealing with statistics p-sets. You'll miss out on some of the most fascinating and fun ideas if you do. Grading is not too rough as long as you write concisely and attend lecture. You should do the readings (they are superb), but if you do not, you'll rarely need them except for reference on homework. The amount of work for the units, course quality, and idea exposure is absolutely worth your time. Plus, it is a good way to meet an FR Ways requirement.

7 days ago

Keith is a great lecturer and seems nice but so much of this class depends on the specific TAs. Grading is inconsistent and some of the TAs are outright mean and condescending. At times asking for help results in a series of circular questions and answers which I am sure are meant to be helpful but many times are not helpful at all. These are TAs, the socratic method takes a lot of knowledge and practice to be done right and does not lend itself to being effective in a maths class. It is crazy to expect them to be effective in teaching this way, although some were so more power to them! They'd be great professors! Honestly, though, the culture of this class turned me off from continuing at Stanford at all. Similar classes at Harvard, UIUC, and UF are more accessible and have a much more open, helpful, and welcoming environment.

22 days ago

I would recommend that you have an honest conversation with the instructor. When I took the class, I did pretty bad on the first midterm too, not knowing what to expect! But in the end, it worked out fine, so I'd suggest looking forward and not let an unsatisfactory performance affect your mood!

22 days ago

Definitely possible!

23 days ago

this course is extremely un-organized, the grading is purely subjective, and the TA is a nightmare. Do not take it.

a month ago

How is the midterm? How should one study? Is the amount of time given enough?

a month ago

How is the workload in this class?

a month ago

If I didn't do too well on the midterm (half a standard deviation below the median), but have nearly all +'s (not just check plus) on the assignments, can I realistically land in the A range (at least an A-) if I do reasonably well on the final?

a month ago

As far as I know (took it last year), the class is not curved, since homework counts for such a large part of the grade and is easy to do well in just by going to lecture, reading the "textbook," or going to OH.

a month ago

Do I need CS 161 for this? Have taken 103, 109, 107, 221 etc

a month ago

If I bomb the midterm like really bad. and do ok in the assignments. Can I still get a C- to pass the class? I am very down right now

a month ago

What level of prior Spanish experience is needed for this course if you were unable to take the autumn session?

a month ago

Lectures are too simple, HWs on the other hand are much harder. Concepts for HW and exams are not hard, but the problem statements are so long and confusing. Professor Tobagi is a very sweet person, but he sticks to explain problems in his own way, no matter you understand it or not.

a month ago

Does Icard grade the class on a curve?

a month ago

No you don't need 120, at least not when Potts taught it

a month ago

I didn't take CS157 and I was fine. It's graded super nicely (like A+s are not rare)

a month ago

If I took CS157 (logic), is that enough prereq?

a month ago

Is this class doable without 103? I've taken 109, but given that 103 isn't offered till spring this year, am debating whether I should just take 161 winter quarter.

a month ago

Unlike what most people say, this class is a LOT of work, more than 107 since Jerry Cain made the class harder by adding more assignments and a midterm. Assignments are also poorly written so a lot of time is spent figuring out what to do rather than actually writing code. Some of the assignments were useful, but many were a waste of time where I didn't learn anything useful.

2 months ago

Class assumes a pretty good math background (CS229 and EE364A are non-trivial in their match coverage) for understanding material and doing pset.

2 months ago

I've heard good things. Also planning to take this class next quarter.

2 months ago

How is this class? What does "a solid background in linear algebra and probability theory" involve?

2 months ago

How is Stefano Ermon?

2 months ago

any comment?

2 months ago

Summer 2016. Course is taught straight from the ISLR book, as are the problem sets. That being said, what you put in is what you get out. Meaning, if you go above and beyond, you learn a lot of tools. It's hard to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This course falls in between the two.

2 months ago

Does this course have a final? Is it a take home or in class?

2 months ago

I took this course in the winter of 2015-2016 with Lentink. I learned a lot about what would go into designing a drone, but more often that I wished I felt like I was wasting my time with bugs in the programs that we used (XROTOR, and XFLR5). You also do a lot of Matlab. Because of the headaches with the programs and Matlab you have to really like what you're learning to make it through this class. If you take it, I HIGHLY recommend going to office hours. The TAs were very knowledgeable about the material and were helpful in resolving bugs with the programs.

2 months ago

Without taking Math 51, is Math 113 or Math 104 more helpful for CS 229? Or is doing Math 51 at some point really necessary?

2 months ago

What gives you a better chance of getting into the class? What is enrollment based on?

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