Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression

Akram M Almohalwas

Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression

Statistics department

Akram M Almohalwas

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Overall 2.5
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Easiness of class 2.6
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Workload 2.8
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Clarity of professor 2.0
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Helpfulness of professor 3.0
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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects

Grades

Winter 2021
22.3%
18.6%
14.9%
11.2%
7.4%
3.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2020
16.9%
14.1%
11.3%
8.4%
5.6%
2.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
34.8%
29.0%
23.2%
17.4%
11.6%
5.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 23, 2020 Grade Received: P

I've literally never written a Bruinwalk review until this quarter after I had Almo for 101A. I've had the whole spread of stats professors from Chen, Tsiang, Christou, Zhou, and Sanchez and Almo is for sure the worst experience so far.

To compare Almo and Sanchez, I felt that Sanchez was fairly organized. She had lecture notes, and a structured curriculum that go in a linear fashion. She may not be super nice but at least you know what you're learning about. Almo on the other hand is horrendously disorganized with regards to his notes, his lectures, his teaching, and his instructions. His lectures in particular feel that he is just YELLING words that are important but you have no idea what he's actually trying to teach.

Not to mention, literally a whole question out of four questions on the midterm was unsolvable which was not mentioned until after the exam was graded meaning that we wasted a ton of time trying to solve this problem during the exam and likely lost points on the other parts of the exam.

But overall, this class is not super hard. The homeworks aren't that hard and you can pretty much learn all the material in a day before the final by going through the textbook. But for sake of your sanity and feeling like you're getting your tuition's worth I would not recommend taking this class with Almo.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 30, 2020 Grade Received: B

Disorganized, unclear, insane, unreal. These are just a few words that come to mind when I think of STAT101A with Almohalwas. The level of disorganization in this class is actually impressive. His lectures are beyond confusing (I actually think he gets confused during them). They lack any sense of structure whatsoever or any objectives and it is simply impossible to know what ‘topic’ you are supposed to be learning during each class, even after the class has ended (I CAN NOT emphasize this point enough). There is no clear train of thought or structure to his classes. He posts an increadible amount on CCLE, most of which are unreadable R markdown documents which are impossible to learn from. The textbook is unclear and outdated as well as being broadly irrelevant to the course. Homeworks are very difficult and massively time consuming. Luckily, our TA literally gave us the solutions to them, otherwise I can garuntee 1/4 of the class would have failed every assignment. The group project was also a huge mess (like the rest of the course) with very little guidance. There was little to gain through it and it just added to a very high workload. Now, onto the midterm. Average grade for the midterm was 55%. This was because of a combination of very poor lecturing (as mentioned above), an unreasonably long test as well as the fact that the homeworks and textbook are all based on R, so before the midterm you are spending 99% of your time learning the material on R whereas th test is all by hand, which causes a lot of problems. Finally, the grading of the course. I believe the grades for this course were largely fabricated. I’m not sure how anyone got away with this but in one of the homeworks, I did not answer an entire section and got 100%, as did everyone else who handed it in (you can see this on the grade distribution on myUCLA). This was also the case with the extra credit assignmentand some of the quizzes and other homeworks. As well as this, we got our final grades BEFORE our final project was marked.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 29, 2020 Grade Received: NR

Absolutely disorganized. Not recommended at all.
The material is not hard itself, but Professor A.A makes it difficult for us. I feel like the grade distribution in the past years is also a lie. Because of the low average in the midterm, he personally gives partial credit to raise up the average. However, the result was that some students got ten more points, some students got no partial credit at all. Is it actually fair for everyone??? If the Prof wants to curve, he should curve the whole class instead of giving someone more points than others. He also gives a final project which requires a group to finish. If you meet up with someone lazy and contributes nothing, it will be several stressful weeks for you. The final project report was due on Friday of our Spring break, which is BS! I've never met a professor who made the deadline during the break. There is never so much hate and complaint for a class like this one.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 21, 2020 Grade Received: N/A

It's very difficult to learn the material in Prof. Almohalwas' class because he doesn't give an outline of his lectures very well so they are hard to follow. He also expects you to know a lot of things about basic statistics "from Stats 10" which were not necessarily taught in that class. If you have a lot of time to invest in self-study, he does post all lecture notes on CCLE and assigns reading in the textbook, but it was very difficult to keep up with it all. The homework assignments were extremely difficult (especially at the beginning of the quarter) but the TA always helped with it in discussion. I think he could be a good professor if you already have a really strong background in statistics. Otherwise you will be lost and confused in his class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted April 4, 2021
Grade Received: A+

To be honest, I enrolled in Stats 101A with Prof. Almohalwas just because I was not a stats major and this was my only choice. I was scared by those ratings and reviews on Bruinwalk. However, Prof. Almohalwas was super helpful and my experience was great. Maybe those reviews were written before COVID. He's unclear sometimes, just come to his OH if you have any questions. Midterm and Final were timed. They were really easy and our TA was generous about grading. There were 5 HW, 3 Quizzes and 1 EC HW. You'll get 100% on HWs as long as you did every problem(They were supposed to be graded based on correctness but our grader didn't do so). Quizzes were extremely easy and everyone should get 100%. The only thing that required you to work hard was the final Kaggle project. HARD but interesting. Overall, I would definitely take more courses with Prof. Almohalwas in the future if possible.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted March 28, 2021
Grade Received: B+

Overall, the class has been quite a good experience for me. I find Dr. Almohalwas was organized enough in the lectures (attend lectures! they are very important). The problem is not about him but about the course itself: the materials are so scattered around between theories and R outputs. His tests require you to know your R results very well, so prepare towards them instead of just formulas. Lecture slides are often very long ( about 80 slides), but in lecture he will show you where to focus. Overall, Dr. Almohawas is very caring and understanding (2% extra credit, lenient finals grading, giving hints for modeling project,...). I strongly recommend him. You just have to make sure you understand what he teaches in R very well.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted Feb. 22, 2020 Grade Received: I

This is the best professor I've ever taken. His lecture is very vivid, and he answers questions quite promptly! I would definitely take him again.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted June 17, 2021
Grade Received: A-

By far the worst professor I've had in my entire life. The biggest concern is that he is very disorganized, so he'll often give out 60-90 page PDFs and expect us to just know all the content there. Quizzes are given out at random times, exams are difficult, and there is a final project that was due a week AFTER finals week. By any means, try to take a different professor to save yourself time and health.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tough Tests
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
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