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Posted July 7, 2007
This clearly and carefully written text introduces probability at a level suitable for first year university students. It begins with a discussion of enumerative combinatorics 'In how many ways ...?' because probability is classically defined as the ratio of the number of ways an event can occur divided by the total number of possible events. This leads to a discussion of the different approaches to probability, including the classical, frequentist, and subjective approaches. From there, Freund covers expectation and decision making, events, rules of probability, conditional probability, probability distributions (including the binomial, multinomial, hypergeometric, and geometric), Chebyshev's Theorem, and the Law of Large Numbers. Each topic is explained clearly and is copiously illustrated with examples that make the relevance and utility of probability clear. The exercises are tractable. Answers to the odd-numbered ones are provided, making the book suitable for self-study. It is not as good a reference. The book is meant to be read in the order in which it is written. Exercises often refer to preceding exercises or examples from earlier in the text. The text does what it is designed to do. It gives the reader who is willing to work through it an understanding of basic probability.
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Posted June 7, 2013
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