교육 기관: Peter M•
Dec 28, 2019
I really like the professor, and the content was clearly explained and relevant. However, there are some serious technical problems with the course.
Let me preface this by saying I am very comfortable programming in R; I have been using it for econometric analysis for 5 years. Given this, I think it is unreasonable to demand that students to use a dated R version in the course. I did not "downgrade" my R to take this, and therefore experienced some problems.
These problems stem from the fact that the random number generator (RNG) default program changed in R version 3.6.0. Therefore, when using the set.seed() command to ensure our random samples matched those of the professor, I got slightly different results. This shouldn't have been a problem, but the professor arbitrarily decided that the answers to the quizzes and exercises should include six decimal places. If he asked for three or four decimals, this would not have been a problem and any version of R would be sufficient.
There is a solution to this; use the command RNGkind(sample.kind = "Rounding") before the set.seed() command. This sets the RNG default to that of R version 3.5. This explanation should be added to the course.
The other major technical issue is even more frustrating. The Russell 3000 and Russell 2000 data used in quiz 3 and 4 in EVERY week/module was removed for the FRED databases. See this article: https://news.research.stlouisfed.org/2019/09/russell-data-to-be-removed-from-fred/ .
This data was removed on October 4, 2019. When taking this course almost three months later, I found that this issue has not been addressed yet. Because of this, 8 of the 16 quizzes in this course cannot be completed.
This course has so much potential, but it is lost in the lack of maintenance.
교육 기관: Ted H•
Dec 03, 2019
A really fantastic course! Perfect for somebody with an introductory understanding of the R-programming language and of financial analytics. The course goes into some really complicated concepts, and by the end you will be analyzing Volatility Clustering with the GARCH model. But the professor walks you through at a steady pace so that it really does start to make sense. Luckily the exercises and quizzes stay reasonable and do a good job of reinforcing the material - they do not stretch you beyond what was covered. You are not expected to be an expert by the end.
교육 기관: LN M R•
Apr 21, 2020
This course content is good. Prof has taught it really excellent. It requires bit more explanation on R codes and some statistical concepts. VaR has to be dealt in more detailed way. There are several volatility clustering techniques. Prof should have given a slight introduction to various GARCH models. On the whole, the course is worth taking and has good value for money in my opinion. Thanks to prof and coursera
교육 기관: Dhinesh A D•
May 12, 2020
Great course on financial market analysis with real time data elevates the actual functioning of the different markets and analyzing using R Studio. The concepts were of advanced for a beginner but going through lectures more often gives clarity.
교육 기관: Avik D•
May 17, 2020
The concepts are beautifully explained. This course requires basic understanding of Risk management and R coding. Thank you for such a good learning experience. Best of Luck
교육 기관: Francisco G•
Apr 12, 2020
Interesting subject and clearly explained, but I do not see how is this connected to "Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy and Innovation"
교육 기관: Stéphane C•
May 22, 2020
The course is very interesting, albeit not exactly related to Entrepreneurial Finance. Some knowledge of R is recommended.
교육 기관: SET S M•
Jun 01, 2020
I loved this course, I think it was very friendly and of course with an excellent level.
I highly recommend this course
교육 기관: Vasily P•
Apr 12, 2020
Grate course. Exactly that I need for my job. Thank you professor!
교육 기관: Foued H•
May 22, 2020
Very nice course . Good job
교육 기관: Xiaohan C•
May 20, 2020
교육 기관: Gabriel C•
May 30, 2020
교육 기관: Martin G•
May 22, 2020
This course is very practical and R is intuitive, so it helps visualizing what VaR and ES. I think it would be useful to remind people that in "real life" these parameters are not run directly on market data returns but rather on portfolio P&L, which adds a (big) computation step and thus require dedicated systems to value all the positions. Besides, I failed to use the function ugarchroll (Rstudio processes forever) which was a bit frustrating. Luckily is wasn't part of the quiz.
교육 기관: Wenzhao A Z•
Feb 08, 2020
The course is great and useful. But there are a few minor problems that are needed to fix:
1) Some of the data cannot be collected through the package mentioned in the class, although we can still finish the course without finishing those quizzes, it is still a little confusing.
2). The materials covered in the course are a bit simple for financing-majored students, the scope of the course is also a bit narrow, all the course is about the VaR and ES.
교육 기관: Rene L•
May 15, 2020
My first time working with R, the learning curve was therefore quite steep. Content is good, but I dont think it fits well to the overall “Entrepreneurial Finance: Strategy and Innovation Specialization”. This content would be more relevant for investment management.
교육 기관: Øyvind M E•
May 10, 2020
As some without a background in finance and risk assessment, this course was a nice introduction to risk
assessment. I do have one negative comment, it would be nice with some suggestions/links for supplementary information on the financial theory.
교육 기관: SUBHAV M•
May 18, 2020
Most of the answers in the quiz have issues regarding the version. But the course comprises of important features one might want to know beforehand while entering into the risk management sector.
교육 기관: Alaeddine S•
May 17, 2020
Not mathematically detailed, neither in R. Requires more intuitive/ practical examples
Good for an overview.
교육 기관: Giuseppe C•
Apr 15, 2020
Too complicate for me. I am lacking in some basics for using.
교육 기관: Fariha I•
May 17, 2020
Where do I start? I only took this course because it was a part of the Entrepreneurial Finance specialization offered by Duke. If not, I would have left it half way, because it was that bad.
First of all, the course seems out of place. The other courses linked back to entrepreneurship and innovation, this did not. And while the other courses were beginner to intermediate level, this required a high level understanding of both R and statistics, which I was not ready for. It would have made sense if if linked back to investing in startups or even just valuation.
The instruction was sub-par. Yes, I understand that this is a high level course, but it is still the responsibility of instructor to explain the theory behind the concepts in an understandable way. This did not happen, as the instructor skimmed his way through the heavy course materials.
Lastly, the content is riddled with errors, especially the mandatory quizzes. This is irresponsible, since the students' grades depend on these quizzes. Several people have highlighted the problems in the discussion forums, but these were ignored by the teaching team.
In conclusion, this course did not meet my expectations. The quality was dismal and it was a lazy decision to add this course to the Entrepreneurial Finance specialization. Please fix these errors before you start charging students money to take this sub-par course.
교육 기관: Abdellah L•
Dec 20, 2019
Il y a un problème avec l'importation des données pour faire le quiz sur les raisons pour lesquelles je ne peux pas le réussir.
교육 기관: Eric T•
May 03, 2020
Poorly designed, need to update databases