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Anyone can tell that this professor is a genius. He teaches us real things and includes real data and research for every lecture. Although lectures are sometimes draining (since it gets a bit complicated sometimes), he doesn't mind answering all questions and concerns. Genuinely a nice man.
Honestly, the best professor I have had at UCLA for Math or Statistics. Take this class and you will 1) get an A 2) Learn statistics 3) Be taught by a caring, funny, and beast statistician 4) Be frustrated by how long it takes to receive your grade but when you do, be happy that you received an A. He gives out his skype and aim accounts to all students and emails the entire class after practically every lecture to make sure everyone understands the material. Amazing professor!!!
Professor Hansen is wonderful. If you need help he will take to step by step to make sure you understand the material. The labs are important to do well in since they make up a huge part of your grade as well as homework. I went to Professor Hansen's office hours and he was so nice and helpful. There were some really easy things that I didn't understand the first time around but he never made me feel bad about myself. Also, he did send out numerous emails apologizing about the grades so I don't know why other people who rated him are so upset about it.
The bottom line is if you need help, don't hesitate one second to get it. He is available all the time and the one or two times he had to cancel office hours because he had to make a trip to Europe, he gave his aim and skype so that you could contact him. I've never known another professor like that.
Okay, I sincerely believe that the grade delay is a one time thing, mainly because of the fact that he has emailed his apologies, NUMEROUS TIMES, and explained that he has been ill, and, besides, what's the big deal about waiting a few extra weeks for the A or A+ that he is going to give to everyone?
Don't let any of the reviews on the grade delays make you rethink taking a class with Professor Hansen. He is a really nice prof, one that truly loves his subject and wants his students to succeed. I think that the fact that he gives out such good grades demonstrates that his class is extremely clear and well laid out. His is one of the few classes that I have taken at this school during which I did not constantly check my cell to see how much time remained; his class was actually a fun place to be.
Professor Hansen is awesome. Taking his class is a major privilege. He is extremely kind and really cares about his students. He goes out of his way to guarantee that all students will succeed. After grading our first midterm he shrugged and said he "gave mostly As, but that's the way it goes." His labs are amazingly clear and written out with great detail. He is eager to help out with any questions students might have. He is also an email fiend; expect at least one email a day. His emails are really funny and random. His lectures are fun, his was the only class where I was not checking my phone for the time. Perhaps the best story to summarize Hansen as a professor is this: upon realizing that he had to travel to Denmark (a fact he'd apparently forgotten) during the week of our take home midterm (that's right, all exams-2 midterms, 1 final- are online and you have a week to complete them) he sent out an email with his skype, aim, and cell phone number so that we could get in contact with him no matter what because he didn't want to miss any of our questions. And when he got back from Denmark, he brought us chocolate. You can tell that he really enjoys statistics; at one point he solved a problem for some NY Times data just for the heck of it, and when the company offered to pay him he said he was just like "Eh, sure." To sum it up, Hansen is the best professor around, you will absolutely love the man, so take a class with him if you have the chance.
super easy class and you can tell that he really cares about actually getting the material across. he can sometimes be a bit repetitive but only because of his desire for you to learn the material. genuinely nice professor and highly recommended!
My favorite professor ever! Take home midterms and finals were somewhat challenging but doable. He is extremely patient and will help you through it also. He does not care so much about grades, but so much as you learn the material and get a better understanding of computing.