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They are also looking for people to work with Professor Thrun's company. So maybe they are looking for people who are passionate about the class.

I'm passionate about the class but I also have to juggle it with a new job and family life which made approaching the class casually the best option for me.

So their metric isn't ideal for identifying passionate poeple ;-)

I'm sure it's not perfect, and there are exceptions. But I'm willing to be there will be a high correlation between high scores and passion.

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