Synopses & Reviews
Introduction to Probability, Second Edition, is written for upper-level undergraduate students in statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, operations research, actuarial science, biological sciences, economics, physics, and some of the social sciences. With his trademark clarity and economy of language, the author explains important concepts of probability, while providing useful exercises and examples of real world applications for students to consider. After introducing fundamental probability concepts, the book proceeds to topics including special distributions, the joint probability density function, covariance and correlation coefficients of two random variables, and more.
- Demonstrates the applicability of probability to many human activities with examples and illustrations
- Discusses probability theory in a mathematically rigorous, yet accessible way
- Each section provides relevant proofs, and is followed by exercises and useful hints
- Answers to even-numbered exercises are provided and detailed answers to all exercises are available to instructors on the book companion site
Review
This probability textbook from Roussas is intended for a singlesemester course in probability with one year of calculus background. The first chapter motivates study with real-world examples. Theinstructional chapters begin with fundamental concepts and basic results regarding counting and random variables. Conditionalprobability and independent events, numerical characteristics of a random variable, and investigation of several special discrete andcontinuous distributions follow. Joint probability, multivariate distributions, and criteria for independence and randomness are thencovered. The book wraps up with transformation of random variables, modes of convergence, the weak law of large numbers, and the centrallimit theorem, with a final chapter giving an overview of statistical inference. The presentation combines descriptive prosetypical of lower-level mathematics texts with rigorous proofs written in logical symbols.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Synopsis
Introduction to Probability, Second Edition, discusses probability theory in a mathematically rigorous, yet accessible way. This one-semester basic probability textbook explains important concepts of probability while providing useful exercises and examples of real world applications for students to consider.
This edition demonstrates the applicability of probability to many human activities with examples and illustrations. After introducing fundamental probability concepts, the book proceeds to topics including conditional probability and independence; numerical characteristics of a random variable; special distributions; joint probability density function of two random variables and related quantities; joint moment generating function, covariance and correlation coefficient of two random variables; transformation of random variables; the Weak Law of Large Numbers; the Central Limit Theorem; and statistical inference. Each section provides relevant proofs, followed by exercises and useful hints. Answers to even-numbered exercises are given and detailed answers to all exercises are available to instructors on the book companion site.
This book will be of interest to upper level undergraduate students and graduate level students in statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, operations research, actuarial science, biological sciences, economics, physics, and some of the social sciences.
- Demonstrates the applicability of probability to many human activities with examples and illustrations
- Discusses probability theory in a mathematically rigorous, yet accessible way
- Each section provides relevant proofs, and is followed by exercises and useful hints
- Answers to even-numbered exercises are provided and detailed answers to all exercises are available to instructors on the book companion site