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  • Tim Bedford, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands, Roger Cooke, Technische Universiteit Delft, The Netherlands
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Probabilistic risk analysis aims to quantify the risk caused by high technology installations. Increasingly, such analyses are being applied to a wider class of systems in which problems such as lack of data, complexity of the systems, uncertainty about consequences, make a classical statistical analysis difficult or impossible. The authors discuss the fundamental notion of uncertainty, its relationship with probability, and the limits to the quantification of uncertainty. Drawing on extensive experience in the theory and applications of risk analysis, the authors focus on the conceptual and mathematical foundations underlying the quantification, interpretation and management of risk. They cover standard topics as well as important new subjects such as the use of expert judgement and uncertainty propagation. The relationship of risk analysis with decision making is highlighted in chapters on influence diagrams and decision theory. Finally, the difficulties of choosing metrics to quantify risk, and current regulatory frameworks are discussed.

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‘This is a valuable reference book … devoid of unnecessary repetition of what has been written earlier by other authors. The book is fresh, neat and comprehensive. I highly recommend it.’

Igor Kozine Source: Risk Decision and Policy

‘The presentation is to the point, clear and perfectly highlighted through well chosen practical examples and exercises … I for one learned a lot from reading this book and whole-heartedly recommend it for its intended readership.’

P. A. L. Embrechts Source: Short Book Reviews

'… a text of enormous coverage.'

Source: The Mathematical Gazette

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