Theory of Random Sets / Edition 1

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This is the first systematic exposition of random sets theory since Matheron (1975), with full proofs, exhaustive bibliographies and literature notes

Interdisciplinary connections and applications of random sets are emphasized throughout the book

An extensive bibliography in the book is available on the Web at, and is accompanied by a search engine

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"Together with the foundations of the modern probability theory Kolmogorov introduced the concept of a random set. … The book is written in a theorem-proof style, where the proofs are quite detailed and clearly presented. … to enable easier reading, the author provides visual illustrations where necessary. … the author provides a vast bibliography on the subject, which is completely searchable on author’s website. The book should be read and even more studied by any researcher or a student considering research in this field." (Ita Cirovic Donev, MathDL, January, 2006)

"This book is part of the Springer-Verlag series ‘Probability and its applications’. … The most remarkable aspect of the book is the reader-friendly structure and the style in which it has been written. There are masses of examples either worked out in the book or left for the reader. A number of facts are equipped with graphical illustrations. This book has a good index and index of notations, and a very detailed bibliography … . It will be an essential part of every mathematical library." (V. K. Oganyan, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2006 b)

"The book under review develops … an approach in a self-contained and systematic manner. Full proofs are given, and many steps are illustrated by graphs and drawings. The interdisciplinary nature of the theory of random sets within mathematics is well shown. … The book will be an invaluable reference for probabilists, mathematicians, statisticians and electronic and electrical engineers in the fields of image analysis. … The book is highly recommended both for personal use and for libraries." (Janos Galambos, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1109 (11), 2007)

"Random sets play an important role in many applications of mathematics … . This book is an important contribution to the mathematical theory and will surely serve as a valuable textbook for students as well as researchers. It presents a self-contained survey of all the significant results … . A number of open problems are presented and each chapter concludes with a list of bibliographical notes." (EMS Newsletter, September, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849969499
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 12/14/2011
  • Series: Probability and Its Applications Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilya Molchanov is Professor of Probability Theory in the Department of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

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Table of Contents

Random Closed Sets and Capacity Functionals.- Expectations of Random Sets.- Minkowski Addition.- Unions of Random Sets.- Random Sets and Random Functions.

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