Fundamentals of Probability: A First Course (Springer Texts in Statistics)
A First Course
This is a text encompassing all of the standard topics in introductory probability theory, together with a significant amount of optional material of emerging importance. The emphasis is on a lucid and accessible writing style, mixed with a large number of interesting examples of a diverse nature. The text will prepare students extremely well for courses in more advanced probability and in statistical theory and for the actuary exam. < B R />< B R /> The book covers combinatorial probability, all the standard univariate discrete and continuous distributions, joint and conditional distributions in the bivariate and the multivariate case, the bivariate normal distribution, moment generating functions, various probability inequalities, the central limit theorem and the laws of large numbers, and the distribution theory of order statistics. In addition, the book gives a complete and accessible treatment of finite Markov chains, and a treatment of modern urn models and statistical genetics. It includes 303 worked out examples and 810 exercises, including a large compendium of supplementary exercises for exam preparation and additional homework. Each chapter has a detailed chapter summary. The appendix includes the important formulas for the distributions in common use and important formulas from calculus, algebra, trigonometry, and geometry.
Probability theory is one branch of mathematics that is simultaneously deep and immediately applicable in diverse areas of human endeavor. It is as fundamental as calculus. Calculus explains the external world, and probability theory helps predict a lot of it. In addition, problems in probability theory have an innate appeal, and the answers are often structured and strikingly beautiful. A solid background in probability theory and probability models will become increasingly more useful in the twenty-? rst century, as dif? cult new problems emerge, that will require more sophisticated. . .