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Product Details

  • Series: London Mathematical Society Student Texts (Book 52)
  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521890012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521890014
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...extremely elegant...I am sure that students will find great pleasure in using the book--and that teachers will have the same pleasure in using it to prepare a course on the subject." Mathematics of Computation

"Here Haggstrom takes the beginning student from the first definitions concerning Markov chains even beyond Propp-Wilson to its refinementss and applications, all in just a hundred or so generously detailed pages. If an undergraduate reading this book comes away saying "I should have thought of that!" then the psychological barrier between school mathematics and research will have begun to break down. Few mathematical monographs provide a comparable opportunity. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals." Choice

"[This series] is generally good....The use of examples to introduce the various algorithms is especially effective and makes the text easier to read." Mathematical Reviews

"The numerous examples perfectly well illustrate the more theoretical points. I am sure that students will find great pleasure in using the book-and that teachers will have the same pleasure in using it to prepare a course on the subject." Mathematics of Computation

Book Description

Based on a lecture course given at Chalmers University, this book is ideal for advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate students. The author first develops the necessary background in probability theory before applying it to study a range of randomised algorithms that have important applications in computing. This book will appeal not only to mathematicians, but to students of computer science who will find much here that appeals. This is a clear and concise introduction to this subject and the numerous exercises included will help students to deepen their understanding.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
Markov chains, a sequence of actions with a random element, can be applied to nearly any process that is composed of discrete steps. Such processes include manufacturing operations, building large structures and even visiting web sites on the Internet. This book is a set of lecture notes for a course for advanced undergraduates offered by the author.
It begins with a basic introduction to probability theory and covers some applications of Markov chains that I had never thought about, such as surfing the Internet. There are exercises at the end of each section although solutions are not included. With a section on computer simulation of Markov chains, the book could also be used in a special topics course in computer science, where the emphasis is on optimization.
Markov chains are a valuable tool that should receive more emphasis in the education of math and computer science students. This book can serve as a basic text for classes aimed at both types of student.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a very clearly written, succinct introduction to Markov Chains (it does not aim to be exhaustive).
I think this book offers one of the most accessible and efficient routes to learning the basics about markov chain monte carlo, perfect simulation,sandwiching and simulated annealing.
I enjoyed this book a lot.Better to read this a few times and do the questions, and then if you must, tackle one of the more bloated expositions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Olofsson on November 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is nothing short of brilliant. The pace is

relaxed and discplined at the same time, the examples

are interesting, and the coverage surprisingly extensive

for its mere 124 pages. The idea to present Markov chains

in the context of algorithms and applications is innovative

and very useful. There is no other book of its kind.
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