- Hardcover: 723 pages
- Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company; 2 Sub edition (January 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 020111366X
- ISBN-13: 978-0201113662
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Logical steps are shown in detail; else logical gaps are contained within a level such that a first time reader can fill in the gap with a pencil and paper. Occasional mix with Bayesian perspective is also a feature. Answers to odd-numbered exercises are provided except ones that ask derivations and proofs. Exercises that require some tricks are provided with hints. In these respects, this textbook is suitable for self-study.
Upon completion of the entire material, I feel concepts are developed well up to Hypothesis testing Chapter 8 where the presentation of material reaches climax and its level of exposition is somewhat higher than other chapters. Thereafter, simple linear regression is treated in detail, but coverage and detail of materials seem to deteriorate from the following general regression section, nonparametrics and thereafter. Kolmogorov-Smirnov Tests section is treated nicely though. Anova section lacks in coverage. The new simulation chapter is presented more like a demonstration rather than an introduction.
I have never seen the previous 2nd edition (unfortunately Dr. Degroot is no longer with us), but according to the preface of this 3rd edition, Dr. Schervish describes 8 major changes from the previous edition.Read more ›
To my joy, the university now uses Fredrick Solomon's book entitled "Probability and Stochastic Processes" for their 4000 level course.
After reading Solomon's book, I found myself getting unconfused and after having studied Jim Pitman's Probability book and Freedman's Statistic's book, I can now get into DeGroot's book. I am also going to get Feller's book, volume 1. What I needed, and DeGroot didn't offer, was a better feeling of "number sense" or what I think of as the "physics of numbers." I also wanted to know about the connections between things (concept maps) and DeGroot didn't do this, initially, for me.
I agree with the other reviewers that DeGroot's book is interesting but I don't believe that DeGroot sequenced the information well or had the desire to bring out a lot of the hidden details. Of course, after I read the other books I mentioned, I am beginning to see how wonderful DeGroot is for the advanced learner because he puts things together in interesting ways. However, to get to that level of appreciation, and see the "deeper connections," I really needed a stronger foundation on which I could appreciate DeGroot's heavy dose of algebra and matter of fact presentation.
In short, I found this book to be "the exam," but not "the course."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The binding broke pretty quickly. Here are some extra words, this book is okay, not the best, I think I prefer otherPublished 21 months ago by Ammon M. Thompson
Very clear read, with examples and lots exercises for each chapter. Covers the fundamentals from the beginning (set theory, counting) and recommended for anyone interested in... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a fantastic introduction to probability and statistics. It is clear and presents the material with lots of accompanying intuitive explanations. Read morePublished on August 8, 2008 by Philip Ostromogolsky
This book was not written for students. It was written so that the author can gain respect from his from his academic peers. The explanations are absolutely horrible. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by qwerty
This is by far the best graduate text for basic probability and statistics that is currently made. It even nicely incorporates Bayesian material in a completely relevant way. Read morePublished on April 8, 2008 by garysax
Its a really good book for starters, especially with a weak background in math.. it may be little too exhaustive but overall I think its a good deal!!!Published on September 27, 2007 by Vijay
First all, everyone wishing to learn probability comes from different background, math level, and motivation. There is no book that suits all. Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by SV engineer
DeGroot's text is an introduction to the mathematical side of probability and statistics. Of the books on that subject, it is by far the most lucid I have seen. Read morePublished on January 10, 2007 by Lawrence Curcio
This book is not meant for self study. This book is too theoretical, and it does not give enough basic examples. It is too abstract. I do not recommend this book to anyone.Published on October 29, 2006 by Math Person