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Probability and Statistics for Computer Science Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0471326724 ISBN-10: 0471326720 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 760 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (July 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471326720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471326724
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This text will fill a gap in the education of a sophisticated computer science student who has a firm base in mathematics and statistics." (Computing Reviews, May 7, 2009)

"…this textbook would be ideal." (The American Statistician, February 2006)

"This is really a statistics textbook written explicitly for undergraduate computer science majors…I found the numerous examples of the use of statistics within the field of computer science extremely informative." (Technometrics, November 2004)

"Thorough, in-depth, relatively complete and rigorous introduction to the statistics a CS professional should know." (American Mathematical Monthly, August 2004)

"This is a rigorous introductory text in probability and statistics, which also develops in a rigorous fashion all the necessary supporting mathematics beyond calculus and algebra." (Mathematical Reviews, issue 2004i)

" resource...proves an ideal resource for computer science students and practitioners interested in a probability study..." (Zentralblatt Math, Vol. 1027, 2004)

“...presents introductory topics in probability and statistics with particular emphasis on concepts that arise in computer science...disguised also by the feature that it develops all necessary supporting mathematics in a thorough and rigorous fashion.” (Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, Vol. LXI, No. 4, December 2003)

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A unique probability study for computer science students

While many computer science curricula include only an introductory course on general probability, there is a recognized need for further study of this mathematical discipline within the specific context of computer science. Probability and Statistics for Computer Science develops introductory topics in probability with this particular emphasis, providing computer science students with an invaluable resource in their continued st udies and professional research.

James Johnson’s text begins with the basic definitions of probability distributions and random variables and then elaborates their properties and applications. Probability and Statistics for Computer Science treats the most common discrete and continuous distributions, showing how they find use in decision and estimation problems, and constructs computer algorithms for generating observations from the various distributions. This one-of-a-kind resource also:

  • Includes a thorough and rigorous development of all the necessary supporting mathematics
  • Provides an opportunity to reconnect applications with the theoretical concepts of distributions introduced in prerequisite courses
  • Gathers supporting topics in an appendix: set theory, limit processes, real number structure, Riemann-Stieltjes integrals, matrix transformation, and determinants
  • Uses computer science examples from computer science such as client-server performance evaluation and image processing

The author also addresses a variety of supporting topics, such as estimation arguments with limits, properties of power series, and Markov processes. Johnson’s text proves an ideal resource for computer science students and practitioners interested in a probability study specific to their field.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryanov on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This text is not just for computer science majors; the applications are simply computer science applications. Instead of placing balls in urns and using dice to present basic examples, it uses very basic topics from computer science to exemplify the theory in such a way that any mathematically inclined reader could fully understand. All the mathematics are explained clearly and with full precision in the appendices and in supplementary modules, which is novel in my opinion. This book is truly rigorous at an introductory level, and completely bridges the gap between intuitive introductory texts and more rigorous graduate texts. However, even the intuition is there in this book; it really has everything. Bravo to this author for writing a truly fine book that is really needed in this area. If you really want to learn probability theory, then buy this book. The writing is of unusually high quality, and the technical presentation is very good and fresh in terms of what's on the market. You will understand the concepts, the theory, and how to prove everything from scratch by reading this book. Johson walks you through everything step by step in precise, clear detail.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kalantari on April 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Undoubtedly, it is an excellent and remarkable well organized book. Every chapter contains all needed definitions and formulas, deep discussions of their meanings, proofs, and examples. I strongly recommend this book for every one who want to understand probability and statistics in depth.
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