Aldous, D J on Ninja Courses

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STAT 134 (Fall 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: MU CAI was so bad that he makes his section as OH and no one goes !! NO ONE IN HIS SECTION and he was using his computer . When I asked him a question , he said that you should GOOGLE it. I am not sure whether he tried to advertise google because he used to interned there or what . The worst case is that he was watching Korean Drama with his girlfriend during the office hour while students were trying to ask questions. WORST GSI EVER

STAT 134 (Fall 2012)

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100 29 100 35 82

Comment: skip lectures + read textbooks + do hw (about 5 hours a week) = easy A. His test is way easier than pitman's.

STAT 134 (Fall 2012)

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3 10 7 0 5

Comment: One of the worst professor's I have ever taken! Do not take anything with this guy. First of all, his lectures are horrible. He is very unorganized so its difficult to understand what he is doing with an already difficult subject. He is totally out of sync with his students. I even bought the ASUC notes to understand his lectures which I was finally able to do, but then his exams were nothing like his lectures or his homework assignments. He gave us no grade distribution in the beginning of class so I had no idea what was considered an A, and when I asked him, he said for me to go to coursehero to figure it out. I could not attend his office hours because I had class during that time, so I asked him personally if I could make an appointment on any other day that was food for him, but this is exactly what he said, "Well uh you could just go to the slc, unless there is something administrative you need to talk to me about." ARE YOU SERIOUS? Worst experience I have ever had in a class. The GSI was horrendous. His name was Mu Cai, DONT TAKE WITH HIM! HE COULD NOT EVEN DO THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS FROM CHAPTER ONE! And I emailed him 5 times asking for additional office hours because I had class during his assigned office hours, and HE NEVER RESPONDED. it was disgraceful...i felt as if I had no help in this class and had to rely on lectures on youtube for this to make sense. I went to the SLC, but that was not helpful because all the tutors learned English as a second language so there was a strong communication barrier between me and them. They were not good at explaining.

STAT 134 (Fall 2012)

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Comment: Horrible Professor. All of the exam questions were unrelated to all of the homework problems. The GSI is worse than the professor (Mu Cai). Like one commenter said, he cannot even do the most basic questions in the textbook.

STAT 134 (Fall 2012)

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6 4 39 9 26

Comment: clearly not in tune with students. just riffs off his notes, and doesn't give us anything to follow on. it was easy in the beginning but now nothing makes sense. if you can skip this course entirely. you'll gain years of life without all the stress.

STAT 134 (Fall 2012)

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67 50 33 33 50

Comment: Strange way of talking.

STAT C205A (Fall 2014)

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67 78 67 60 70

Comment: About this class: if you're interested in analysis/measure theory/probability theory, you'll love the material. Take-home final was easier than expected but it might annoy you if you spent the entire class carefully following the textbook. About Professor Aldous: Wonderful person. Not so good at explaining concepts. Don't let that turn you off from taking a class with him, unless it's an intro class like 2/20/134.

STAT C205A (Fall 2012)

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88 100 100 70 100

Comment: Aldous is an enthusiastic lecturer who sells probability theory like an Apple product ("here's a truly MAGICAL theorem, so let me jump right in..."). Follows the Durrett book, which I found to be too dense and very hard to read. But that's ok because Aldous writes out all the details of the proofs in class. Gives reasonable weekly homework and a fair take-home final. On the negative side, at times he needs to slow down to make sure the class is following him. Also, his handwriting is often illegible.

STAT C205A (Fall 2012)

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87 70 70 84 95

Comment: Super enthusiastic about probability theory and a very engaging as well as funny lecturer. However, his lectures at time can be disorganized and it can make it hard sometimes to see the big picture. Homeworks were really tricky in general.