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Hello everyone,


Has anybody completed (or have received feedback from anybody) any of the certificates (or individual courses) at one of the following institutions:


Colorado State University

Certificate in Applied Statistics and Data Analysis


Penn State

Certificate in applied Statistics


If so, I would like to hear some feedback.


If you can recommend any other institution that can offer similar courses/programs online, I would like to hear from you as well.





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K-state used to be excellent but their profs are getting old and giving wrong advice on choice of courses,but if you still want, I have taken most of their classes online. But they are not easy at all.Many ended up dropping their classes,for me it it was cheap ,but beginning Fall you are talking of $1500/3-hr credit class.
I would like to know how the Stanford Data Mining Certificate program is.  If anyone has taken courses there or completed the program, would love to hear your input!  Thanks.
I'm finishing my second course for the Stanford DM Certificate.  The courses are great.  I find it very insightful to hear about the topics from those who are at the center of these things (so far, John Chambers on R and J. Friedman on various techniques).  A warning - the courses tend to the theoretical.

Thanks for your insight.  So in your opinion do you feel the courses are less applicable to real world settings?  Are you able to easily apply your skills developed from these courses to solving problems at the workplace? 



I think the courses (even the R course) are indirectly applicable (and probably not easily applied).  For example, I wouldn't take these courses to find out how and when to apply neural networks.  But, the Friedman course (for the case of neural networks) makes it easier to diagnose issues, take better guesses, understand the nature and the meaning of the results when you do apply the technique.
What's the number one reason you decided to enroll in the distance program?  Sounds heavily theoretical/engineering/academic vs. applicable to predictive modeling and solving real world business solutions.  I mean Stanford is a great name and the resources available are intriguing, I fear it may also not be the right fit for someone looking to enhance certain technical skills for the work force.

My primary reason was that I expected the content to be worth the cost given that it was coming from Stanford and the caliber of the people teaching the courses.  There are a lot of online opportunities where it's a "great unknown" (at least to me) in terms of quality of instruction and content.  I would say that it's not necessarily the right fit if the primary purpose is to enhance technical skills (if I'm interpreting that correctly).  In some sort of ideal sequence I would say it would fit as: (1) learn the basics, (2) do it for > 5 years, (3) take the Stanford track.

Thanks for this site, seems intriguing.  I never considered a program outside a University affiliation.  Is this a popular route?  I see that it is accredited, but do most students take the course for self-edification vs. completion toward a degree or certificate to show on a resume.

Hi Idielle,


I'm happy to finally get a chance to talk to someone who took part in courses offered by Now I just hope you don't mind me asking you a few questions about your experience with them...


Prior to taking the courses you mentioned, did you already have knowledge of geostatistical analysis and forecasting or were these subjects new to you starting these courses?


In general, how did you find their courses? I'm a bit concerned by the relatively short duration of the courses (4 weeks). Did this give you enough time to do readings/assignments/studying? How would you judge the workload? How did this course compare to College/University courses you've completed (if applicable)?


Any other additional information you're able to provide is much appreciated.



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