Introduction to Algorithms and Complexity

Computer Science department

Eliezer Gafni

Introduction to Algorithms and Complexity

Computer Science department

Eliezer Gafni

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Spring 2016
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20.6%
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Fall 2015
19.6%
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Winter 2014
42.1%
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Spring 2013
34.8%
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Winter 2010
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 26, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Gafni is an incredibly difficult lecturer, in the sense that at the end of each lecture, you feel like you've just wasted 2 hours. Yes, the material is hard, but if you're learning one problem for two hours when instead you could learn it in 5 minutes from wikipedia, it's just frustrating. Teaching by getting the students to come up with the answers themselves is fine, but if you just straight up don't know how to do it and end up spending 30 minutes trying to get them to say something inconsequential, then you need to figure something out. Also, after many years of having less than half the class show up, you figure he'd realize that he's doing something wrong...

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 12, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

Do NOT take CS180 with him. Gafni tries to teach in a Socratic method but fails miserably so. Basically, during one lecture he asked us questions about how to solve one problem he put on the board. If you said something off track, he was incredibly condescending and cut you off so at the end only a few people bothered answering him. After about 2 hours of this (and in which he told us absolutely nothing about how to approach this problem), he finally realized that we couldn't finish and then gave us the solution in about 5 minutes. So no one understood it at all. Take someone else if you can.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 29, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

The problem with CS180 is that the material itself is already very hard, so it will be hard to have a professor teach the class such that it is easily understandable. This tend to lead to people giving CS180 professors a bad rep. Like another reviewer mentioned, he likes to ask questions in class and make people answer them. This is good since it challenges you to think on the spot. Unfortunately, I find that he is quite boring and he has trouble explaining the material. He does go off-topics at time, which can be confusing if you haven't been following the lecture since the beginning. Most people stop showing to lecture, since the material he covers tend to be much more advance than the homework and exams require. However, this class is doable on your own if you read the textbook, but it does help to go to discussions if you have a good TA. The TA will cover just what you need to get by the homework and exams. The HW and exams are not too hard (if you read textbook or have a good TA), unlike some other professors. BTW, he has a very generous grading policy, where if your final exam is higher than the HW+midterm+final combined, then the final exam is your final grade.

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