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Probability with Martingales

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Overview

This is a masterly introduction to the modern and rigorous theory of probability. The author adopts the martingale theory as his main theme and moves at a lively pace through the subject's rigorous foundations. Measure theory is introduced and then immediately exploited by being applied to real probability theory. Classical results, such as Kolmogorov's Strong Law of Large Numbers and Three-Series Theorem are proved by martingale techniques. A proof of the Central Limit Theorem is also given. The author's style is entertaining and inimitable with pedagogy to the fore. Exercises play a vital role; there is a full quota of interesting and challenging problems, some with hints.
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"Williams, who writes as though he were reading the reader's mind, does a brilliant job of leaving it all in. And well that he does, since the bridge from basic probability theory to measure theoretic probability can be difficult crossing. Indeed, so lively is the development from scratch of the needed measure theory, that students of real analysis, even those with no special interest in probability, should take note." D.V. Feldman, Choice

"...a nice textbook on measure-theoretic probability theory." Jia Gan Wang, Mathematical Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521406055
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

1. A branching-process example; Part I. Foundations: 2. Measure spaces; 3. Events; 4. Random variables; 5. Independence; 6. Integration; 7. Expectation; 8. An easy strong law: product measure; Part II. Martingale Theory: 9. Conditional expectation; 10. Martingales; 11. The convergence theorem; 12. Martingales bounded in L2; 13. Uniform integrability; 14. UI martingales; 15. Applications; Part III. Characteristic Functions: 16. Basic properties of CFs; 17. Weak convergence; 18. The central limit theorem; Appendices; Exercises.
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