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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
Sep 30, 2014 Judson rated it it was ok
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
Jan 17, 2008 Tiffany rated it really liked it
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.
GenaW
Jul 10, 2016 GenaW rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was much younger I enjoyed going through the book exercises. I loved combinatorics and it served as a good precursor to statistics. I found the material very intuitive.
Peter Sun
Jul 28, 2016 Peter Sun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book's actually really really really dope, it has a good mix of proofs and relevant example problems.
Daniel Diaz
Mar 20, 2015 Daniel Diaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: probability, math
An introductory text in probability. As far as probability goes for most people, this book will be useful. Indeed, this is the recommended textbook to study for the first actuarial examination. The book is rich in examples and exercises that, as usual with probability, make you feel like playing games.


On the personal side, I regard this book high because it was the one used as the base to evaluate access to the graduate program in Statistics at the University of São Paulo.
Michael J.J. Tiffany
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
Apr 05, 2013 Jette Stuart rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 21, 2012 Evan rated it really liked it
Shelves: math, probability
Undergraduate text with lots and lots of really good examples.
Thierry Uwilingiyimana
Good read. Very well written and clear thus far...
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