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Bartlett, P L (CS 189, Spring 2015)
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50

Comment: Note that the first half of the class (mostly mathematical/theoretical) was taught by Peter Bartlett. The second half of the class (the coding-heavy, less theoretical half) was taught by Efros. This has been my favorite CS class at Cal so far. It's a nice balance between theory and building something practical. This has been one of the few classes where I've actually enjoyed the theory because it helped me understand the algorithms. The assignments are uniformly useful, educational, and not too time-consuming. In fact, I wish we covered more material in the class assignments. The exams are a bit tough but turn out to be fairly straightforward if you make the effort to do past exams and go to discussion section. Bartlett is a pretty dry lecturer, but his slides are fantastic, and he goes into greater depth than past iterations of the course (according to TAs), which I appreciate. Efros is really enthusiastic but not the clearest lecturer. He doesn't go into as much depth as I'd like, and his slides are not great (a hodgepodge of graphics / slides taken from other people, which is really annoying because the notation switches up frequently). Overall, a worthwhile class with only a few rough edges in the lectures.

Submitted Sept. 21st, 2015

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Bartlett, P L (CS 189, Spring 2015)
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Submitted Aug. 13th, 2015

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Bartlett, P L (CS 189, Spring 2015)
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Submitted July 19th, 2015

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Bartlett, P L (CS 189, Spring 2015)
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Comment: Professor Bartlett, unfortunately, was a dry lecturer for my tastes. That being said, he's an excellent professor — I think he was just super nervous lecturing a giant auditorium, as opposed to a small classroom. His slides were on point (very clear, to the point where you could supplant his lectures by reading his slides _THOROUGHLY_ and deriving everything on your own.) The assignments for his portion of the course were reasonable and helped you explore concepts, and Bartlett is super super nice in OH. Biggest con is that he taught the mathy portion of 189 via lecture slides, and math + powerpoint usually doesn't go well. But hey, these slides are absolutely fantastic.

Submitted May 23rd, 2015

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Bartlett, P L (CS 189, Spring 2015)
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74
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70
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: He co-taught with professor efros. His style of lecture is dry, though the nice thing is he explains concepts and math derivation in detail. I didn't ended up going to / watching most of his lectures since the slides from Bartlett's lecture are pretty complete and clear compared to efros's. As a course, CS189 was well-run. The staff were very responsive staff on Piazza and assignments were clear and straightforward.

Submitted May 21st, 2015

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Bartlett, P L (CS 189, Spring 2015)
Assignments
81
Exams
74
Helpfulness
91
Enthusiasm
73

Comment: Thought he was a better lecturer overall than Efros because he was more precise in his explanations. Seemed like a pretty nice person during office hours.

Submitted May 20th, 2015