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Probability: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Making good decisions under conditions of uncertainty requires a sound appreciation of the way random chance works. It requires, in short, an understanding of probability. In this Very Short Introduction, John Haigh introduces the ideas of probability--and the different philosophical approaches to probability--and gives a brief account of the history of development of probability theory, from Galileo and Pascal to Bayes, Laplace, Poisson, and Markov. He describes the basic probability distributions and discusses a wide range of applications in science, economics, and a variety of other contexts such as games and betting. He concludes with an intriguing discussion of coincidences and some curious paradoxes.

About the Author

John Haigh is a mathematics tutor at the University of Sussex.

Table of Contents

1. Fundamentals

2. The workings of probability

3. Historical sketch

4. Chance experiments

5. Making sense of probabilities

6. Games people play

7. Applications in science and operations research

8. Other applications

9. Curiosities and dilemmas

Appendix - Answers to questions posed

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199588480
Author:
Haigh, John, Dr
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Haigh, John
Subject:
Mathematics | Probability & Statistics
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Subject:
Mathematics | Probability and Statistics
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
11 b/w illus.
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
4.4 x 6.7 x 0.5 in 0.25 lb

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