Continuous Univariate Distributions, Vol. 1 (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471584957
ISBN-10: 0471584959
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These volumes offer a detailed description of all the major statistical distributions commonly used in various applied fields. Coverage includes general continuous distributions and specific distributions such as normal, lognormal, Cauchy, gamma, Pareto, Weibull, extreme value and symmetric power along with their applications. Organized in a user-friendly format with each distribution having its own chapter and reference list.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 761 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 2 edition (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471584959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471584957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 2 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have mixed feelings about this book.
On the positive side, it contains a wealth of useful information about a large number of continuous probability distribution functions. I use it all the time as a reference in my work. The book contains a extensive bibliography which has been useful time and time again when I need to look up things in the literature.
My first complaint is there are a number of mistakes. I realize this is a huge mass of information and mistakes are inevitable, but I found it quite unacceptable that the probability density function for the Normal distribution was incorrect. Equation 13.1 is missing a factor of sigma in the denominator. This one was quite obvious, but there have been several more subtle errors, which have caused me to waste a large amount of time searching my own work for mathematical errors, until I finally realized the source of the error was the book!
My second complaint is consistency (or lack thereof). The symbols and notation used for one distribution are not necessarily used in the same way for another distribution. This can be quite frustrating! Also, the organization from chapter to chapter (each chapter corresponds to one distribution or one distribution family) is not consistent. For example, for the Lognormal distribution, there is one section (called "Introduction") which gives the pdf of the distribution and a second section (called "Moments and Other Properties") where the moments of the distribution are listed. For the Weibull distribution, both the pdf and the moments are in one section (labeled "Definition"). This sounds like a minor point, until it comes time for you to look one of these things up!
In summary, I need this book to do my job. But I keep wishing there was another book that had the same information, but with better accuracy and organization.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Academic Book Reviewer on February 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I agree with two other reviewers R. Meyer and "A Customer". This book has too many typos. I just read a few pages in Chapter 15, and find quite a number of typos. For example on page 261, below section 3 heading, \mu=d/\lambda should be v=d/\mu. In Eq.(15.4d), inside exp[], the number 2 below the first \lambda should be deleted, and IG(\alpha^2/2, \lambda) should be corrected as IG(1/\sqrt{2\alpha}, \lambda). I'm disappointed that there are so many typos. It will be better if the authors could at least provide an errata online. But I don't find such an errata.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Meyer on December 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I agree completely with the reader from Ithaca. The last time
I used it for something important, there was a serious typo in a
formula, and much time was wasted.
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