Robert Gould

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STATS 10
Introduction to Statistical Reasoning See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.1 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.9

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Gould seems like a teddy bear when he talks and looks like a super nice professor when you go into that first couple of lectures... but beneath the "cuteness" there's the EVIL that lies within him...
- SOOOOOOO much work for a class... every week he makes us do a homework assignment with like 15 problems and ONLY GRADES 5 RANDOM QUESTIONS which means that if the ONLY 5 you did wrong are the only 5 he chose, then your grade is screwed!!!
- His wording in exams is waaaaay harder than in the homework problems in the textbook... and watch out for the WRITTEN problems in the midterm (all is multiple choice but 2 questions and they grade them HARSHLY)
-We asked him for practice midterm and he was like "it takes me a long time to write a midterm, why should I take that much extra time to also write a practice midterm..." He literally wrote the textbook and cannot give us a practice midterm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...?
-Also participation with clickers (which cost 60$) is only ONE (1%) PERCENT OF THE WHOLE GRADE.... like ARE YOU KIDDING ME.....
-His T.A.'s did not speak english and their lab and discussion sections are SOOOO useless cuz they cant communicate well.......
-And the worst part was that there was a group project in which RANDOM students gave you your grade and you can never understand it and how the system works its HORRIBLE....

People who took this class with other professors did waaaay better so I do reccomend Tsiang

(Fall Quarter 2017)
STATS 11
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Business and Economics See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 3.3

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Gould is very tough. He crams a lot of material into a 10 week period. I easily spent more time on his class than on my other classes combined. His lectures are good and he makes himself available outside of class. Unfortunately, his exams are brutal. The labs were annoying, as they didn't seem to be teaching us anything at all. If you take the class, be prepared to work hard and attend your section.

(Jan. 5, 2004)
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STATS 12
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Geography and Environmental Studies See Full Profile

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STATS M12
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STATS M12
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Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.2

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STATS 13
Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.3

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Selling Stats 13 textbook with solutions manual. Statistics for the Life Sciences 4th edition by Samuels. $135.

I bought this book brand new from the UCLA textbook store. Only opened once. I bought the wrong book but I couldn't return it because I removed the plastic. Please email me if interested at m.sam828@gmail.com

(Nov. 17, 2012)
STATS 20
Introduction to Statistical Programming with R See Full Profile

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STATS 101A
Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiment See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.8

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For most of this class I wasn't sure what we were even learning. I would take some notes during lecture and know that I am processing new information but then wasn't even sure what it was that I was doing. The content of the class isn't very difficult but Gould made it difficult.

1. He goes through his slides too fast. I stopped taking notes at one point because half the time I was just writing "see lecture slides" since I didn't have time to write anything down (he does post them on CCLE). He also seems to be using slides he made a few years ago and doesn't remember what's on them. It seemed like the next slide was always a surprise to him and he was learning along with the rest of the class.

2. His homework assignments are terribly constructed. There were often typos that made it hard to understand and the wording allowed for multiple interpretations. My friend went into office hours to get clarifications and Gould said her approach was completely wrong and the other students had thought the same as her. When Gould saw that all the students clearly didn't know what to do, he did nothing. He didn't post on CCLE or Campuswire or anything. So basically if you can't go to office hours you will not be able to do the homework assignments. The assignments are also graded extremely harsh. There might be 5 questions each with parts a-e and if I got one part of one question wrong I would get 10-20% off. I got a 50% on an assignment where I had 3 small errors. If you're wondering, he gave one assignment per week due Fridays at 6pm. The only problem with this is that our last lecture ended Thursday at 4:45pm. And most of the time you couldn't finish the homework until after the Thursday lecture because he teaches material for it. So you have to figure out the homework in 24 hours with no office hours in that time to help. Just Campuswire which Gould rarely went on to answer questions, and there were a lot of questions.

3. His final is EASY. It's a take home exam that you have a week to complete and I finished it in a couple of hours. So don't worry too much about your midterm or homework grades because I guarantee everyone is struggling but the final will save you.

4. Don't read the book. You need it for some homework problems but I think there's a free PDF somewhere.

Overall I would not take a class with Gould again. He isn't the worst professor, but definitely not one of my favorites. It wasn't a difficult class but it took a lot of time to figure out what he meant in his homework problems. My TA was so helpful and I wouldn't have survived without him.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
STATS 101A
Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiment See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.8

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For most of this class I wasn't sure what we were even learning. I would take some notes during lecture and know that I am processing new information but then wasn't even sure what it was that I was doing. The content of the class isn't very difficult but Gould made it difficult.

1. He goes through his slides too fast. I stopped taking notes at one point because half the time I was just writing "see lecture slides" since I didn't have time to write anything down (he does post them on CCLE). He also seems to be using slides he made a few years ago and doesn't remember what's on them. It seemed like the next slide was always a surprise to him and he was learning along with the rest of the class.

2. His homework assignments are terribly constructed. There were often typos that made it hard to understand and the wording allowed for multiple interpretations. My friend went into office hours to get clarifications and Gould said her approach was completely wrong and the other students had thought the same as her. When Gould saw that all the students clearly didn't know what to do, he did nothing. He didn't post on CCLE or Campuswire or anything. So basically if you can't go to office hours you will not be able to do the homework assignments. The assignments are also graded extremely harsh. There might be 5 questions each with parts a-e and if I got one part of one question wrong I would get 10-20% off. I got a 50% on an assignment where I had 3 small errors. If you're wondering, he gave one assignment per week due Fridays at 6pm. The only problem with this is that our last lecture ended Thursday at 4:45pm. And most of the time you couldn't finish the homework until after the Thursday lecture because he teaches material for it. So you have to figure out the homework in 24 hours with no office hours in that time to help. Just Campuswire which Gould rarely went on to answer questions, and there were a lot of questions.

3. His final is EASY. It's a take home exam that you have a week to complete and I finished it in a couple of hours. So don't worry too much about your midterm or homework grades because I guarantee everyone is struggling but the final will save you.

4. Don't read the book. You need it for some homework problems but I think there's a free PDF somewhere.

Overall I would not take a class with Gould again. He isn't the worst professor, but definitely not one of my favorites. It wasn't a difficult class but it took a lot of time to figure out what he meant in his homework problems. My TA was so helpful and I wouldn't have survived without him.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
STATS 101B
Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression See Full Profile

Overall 2.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.9 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 3.4

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SMILING TIGER !

(Feb. 11, 2014)
STATS 101C
Introduction to Regression and Data Mining See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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Gould is really nice and emphasizes understanding the intuition rather than the mathematical detail. The class is basically a walkthrough of many of the most popular machine learning algorithms. The downside is that you don't really learn how the algorithms are derived from. (You need another class for that) Homework and midterm were very easy when I took it. My favorite part about the class is the Kaggle competition which involves teaming up with classmates and competing to come up with a model that best predicts a dataset. There was no written final and the grade was based on your team's performance and the group presentation. I learnt the most from working on the project and there was no restriction on what models you could use. Fun times.

(Spring Quarter 2016)
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