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From classical foundations to advanced modern theory, this self-contained and comprehensive guide to probability weaves together mathematical proofs, historical context and richly detailed illustrative applications. A theorem discovery approach is used throughout, setting each proof within its historical setting and is accompanied by a consistent emphasis on elementary methods of proof. Each topic is presented in a modular framework, combining fundamental concepts with worked examples, problems and digressions which, although mathematically rigorous, require no specialised or advanced mathematical background. Augmenting this core material are over 80 richly embellished practical applications of probability theory, drawn from a broad spectrum of areas both classical and modern, each tailor-made to illustrate the magnificent scope of the formal results. Providing a solid grounding in practical probability, without sacrificing mathematical rigour or historical richness, this insightful book is a fascinating reference and essential resource, for all engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians.Read more
- Modular structure, with clearly differentiated core material, applications and digressions, allows for easy development of bespoke study modules and encourages further exploration
- Self-contained and comprehensive, requiring no specialised or advanced mathematical background
- Accompanied by over 500 problems, more than 250 worked examples and over 80 highly detailed applications from fields as diverse as computation, epidemiology complexity, neuroscience, astronomy, genetics, prediction, physics, queuing and actuarial science
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"This is a remarkable book, a theory of probability that succeeds in being both readable and rigorous, both expository and entertaining. One might have thought that there was no space left in the market for books on the fundamentals of probability theory, but this volume provides a refreshing new approach … it is a magnificent undertaking, impeccably presented, and one that is sure to reward repeated reading."
Tom Fanshawe, Significance (magazine of The Royal Statistical Society)See more reviews
"… well-written, and although the topics are discussed with all mathematical rigour, it usually does not exceed the capabilities of an advanced undergraduate student … it can be recommended without constraint as a textbook for advanced undergraduates, but also as a reference and interesting read for experts."
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- Date Published: December 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107024472
- length: 827 pages
- dimensions: 253 x 179 x 41 mm
- weight: 1.81kg
- contains: 100 b/w illus. 26 tables 528 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. Elements:
1. Probability spaces
2. Conditional probability
3. A first look at independence
4. Probability sieves
5. Numbers play a game of chance
6. The normal law
7. Probabilities on the real line
8. The Bernoulli schema
9. The essence of randomness
10. The coda of the normal
Part II. Foundations:
11. Distribution functions and measure
12. Random variables
13. Great expectations
14. Variations on a theme of integration
15. Laplace transforms
16. The law of large numbers
17. From inequalities to concentration
18. Poisson approximation
19. Convergence in law, selection theorems
20. Normal approximation
Part III. Appendices:
21. Sequences, functions, spaces.
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