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15 days ago

The course material is very interesting and Keith is one of the most fantastic lecturers I have ever seen. However, the grading for this course is very inconsistent. Some TAs graded down on stylistic matters which other TAs advocated for. This made the course very frustrating.

16 days ago

Took it with Nick Troccoli who's a great instructor. He's funny and makes CS fun. I was expecting the course to be really easy after looking at the grade distribution but that wasn't the case — this was probably the hardest A I worked for. The midterm is challenging and the assignments were fun but hard. The class was great fun and I learned a lot, but it's also challenging and time-consuming.

16 days ago

Took it with Nick Troccoli who's a great instructor. He's funny and makes CS fun. I was expecting the course to be really easy after looking at the grade distribution but that wasn't the case — this was probably the hardest A I worked for. The midterm is challenging and the assignments were fun but hard. The class was great fun and I learned a lot, but it's also challenging and time-consuming.

25 days ago

Is there a recent syllabus for this class to be found anywhere? The only one I could find is eleven years old and contains no information about the requirements of the final project.

2 months ago

If you are a potential HumBio major you are required to take both sides of the Core. You may now take A & B side separately if you are not planning to be a HumBio major.

2 months ago

Is this worth taking as a social science researcher over other classes? I.E. Do you really need to devote a whole class to survey design?

2 months ago

It was alright. I feel like it was hyped up because Lee Ross was teaching it, but it sort of just felt like storytime with Lee; we covered a lot of the fundamental components of social psych, but I wouldn't say it was particularly engaging.

2 months ago

This class gives you a range of new ideas in systems and OSs. Each week you read and discuss two papers, and there are a few small programming projects. Overall a fairly interesting, not too stressful class

2 months ago

Took this class in Spring 2017 with Emma Brunskill. The assignments were very applied (implementation of Deep QNetwork). Emma did a nice job balancing between applications and theory in lectures. The final project was fun, and I felt like the in-class midterm was well designed.

8 months ago

Makler is the best professor I've had at Stanford. He is caring and makes sure every student has the opportunity to succeed.

8 months ago

Based on the first class for Spring quarter 2017, can someone comment on the expected workload? Also, how does it differ from CS142?

8 months ago

Meets 4 times in the quarter, leaving time for research.

8 months ago

Prof. Bailis is really lively and explains things clearly. He's really easy to approach and is constantly answering questions in lecture. Homework was a weekly quiz online that you could take as many times as you wanted, but it takes a few hours to really learn all the material for the week. The textbook was my number-one-go-to the whole quarter for the quizzes - it has extremely clear examples and formulae that are covered in lecture but laid out a bit more simply in my opinion. Tests were open-book open-computer but no internet. I really enjoyed this class and would recommend it to anyone curious about how databases work.

8 months ago

I agree. Very clear, and was very concerned with how long students were spending on PSets using weekly surveys and actually adjusted until the bell curve went from 15+ to centered at like 6-8 or something like that.

8 months ago

Just looked at the description and honestly am not sure if any of the stuff in 103 was mentioned in 161. I honestly don't remember what I learned from 103 but did ok in 161 anyway. If you can write a proof you're probably fine.

8 months ago

Prof. Bailenson is possibly the best lecturer I've ever had. Very strict about no electronics in class, but lectures are amazing. Mostly skimmed the readings to be honest and still did okay (B overall). Very up-to-date, talking about latest tech from last year. Prof. Bailenson talks a lot about the people behind the tech, which is really neat. Had 2 guest lectures. Midterm/final were little blue books (write answers in blue book, test is a packet); half T/F, half short answer. Lecture attendance is practically mandatory but very worth it. Definitely don't miss the first lecture, since they do a VR demo. All course staff were extremely approachable too. (Win. 2016-17)

8 months ago

Loved this course. Reading was the right amount for a 3 unit course, and all prompts/reading were on the syllabus so you could plan ahead. Prof. Levy and Mr. Young really knew their stuff and led engaging discussions, although sometimes the room would be silent for a bit. Fair grading in my opinion too.

8 months ago

How difficult is the course and how much time does it require? any labs, finals, midterms?

8 months ago

Students usually do it sophomore or junior year. My best advice is to choose the quarter where you have the lightest course load as the labs can be very time consuming. You'll be able to understand the material sophomore or junior year as long as you have the time.

8 months ago

How good of shape do you need to be in to take this course?

9 months ago

How is this class with CS 161? I want to take both next quarter but also survive. I'll also take PWR and an introsem.

9 months ago

What is the workload of the class, under Dannenberg?

9 months ago

How does it compare to CS 109 or STATS 116?

9 months ago

Do you need EE 102B or is EE 102A enough?

10 months ago

He's great at explaining concepts. Workload is slightly more than past 161 professors but very manageable.

10 months ago

I never thought I would get into dance, but this class completely changed that. Now I'm taking all the social dance classes and going to social dance events. Plus Richard Powers is an amazing instructor.

10 months ago

This class was very unhelpful. The topics covered were mainly behavior economics (Kahneman) but were too "academic" compared to dealing with actual negotiations in real-life when people don't respond rationally. The exercises also felt like games because it's hard to take them seriously when you don't have a personal stake in the negotiations.

10 months ago

One of my favorite CS classes at Stanford so far. The incentive topics were very interesting and relevant when you apply them to real-world scenarios. Tim's lecture notes are very detailed and well-written. Except for the game theory PSet, most PSets were a moderate amount of work. The final project was very time-consuming though - we had to write an original research paper and make a 10 minute video.

10 months ago

Very well taught class for anyone interested in Bitcoin and blockchain. Guest speakers were great. 255 should have been a prerequisite. Programming assignments were very meaningful. Final exam was rather difficult.

10 months ago

Is MATH 52 a necessary prerequisite (I have already taken MATH 51 and MATH 53)?

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