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A First Course in Probability

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This introduction presents the mathematical theory of probability for readers in the fields of engineering and the sciences who possess knowledge of elementary calculus. Presents new examples and exercises throughout. Offers a new section that presents an elegant way of computing the moments of random variables defined as the number of events that occur. Gives applicatio

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Hardcover, Seventh Edition, 576 pages
Published May 28th 2005 by Prentice Hall (first published 1976)
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Judson
This is a great book to read alongside another text. It is not a good primary text. The explanations are often convoluted and half hearted. I find myself thinking frequently that passages could have been written more clearly. What I appreciate about this book is its scope and the depth of the example problems. This book boasts and impressive repertoire of both practice and example problems that really stretch your thinking beyond the typical presentations given in similar texts. The author has a ...more
Tiffany
Good examples, good problems. Sometimes the explanations didn't help as much as I'd like them to, and sometimes the problems were overly-repetitive. Still, good.
Joecolelife
Mar 24, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Contrary to its title, this book has helped me through several probability courses. I used this book not only to study for the first actuary exam, but also as a supplement for my intermediate and doctoral-level probability/inference courses. Ross fills in gaps left by texts such as Rice, Cassella and Berger, etc., by spelling out properties of various distributions, and showing how they relate to eachother, and by doing many many examples.

Incidentally, save yourself the money and get an earlier
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Joecolelife
Mar 24, 2011 Joecolelife rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Contrary to its title, this book has helped me through several probability courses. I used this book not only to study for the first actuary exam, but also as a supplement for my intermediate and doctoral-level probability/inference courses. Ross fills in gaps left by texts such as Rice, Cassella and Berger, etc., by spelling out properties of various distributions, and showing how they relate to eachother, and by doing many many examples.

Incidentally, save yourself the money and get an earlier
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Michael
As the saying goes, probability is inherently challenging, not trivial like calculus. If your feelings about calculus are a bit different, you might find this book not so much a "first course" as a confusing deathmarch.

This ISBN is the 2nd Edition.
Jette Stuart
If you love probability.. you will love this book. Concise, detailed and loaded with examples. This is the book that your professor is really teaching you from!
Evan
Undergraduate text with lots and lots of really good examples.
Ehsan
So hard and boring
but it's examples were complete and perfect
Thierry
Jul 08, 2009 Thierry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Good read. Very well written and clear thus far...
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