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Miller & Freund's Probability and Statistics  for Engineers (7th Edition)
Miller & Freund's Probability and Statistics for Engineers (7th Edition)
by Richard Arnold Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
44 used & new from $14.98

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better statistics books, November 3, 2006
For the most part this is actually one of the better statistics books I have used. It's greatest strengths lie in the number of examples provided and the "Do's and Don'ts" at the end of each chapter. The narratives and proofs do a fairly decent job of introducing and developing new concepts and formulas, and there is generally a good segway from one topic to the next. If you have other statistics books like I do, this book actually does a good enough job deriving each distribution that things became clear here that I had always puzzled over in my other books. It is admittedly a bit distracting at times when an example references data from an earlier example in a previous chapter requiring you to bookmark pages with your fingers so that you can flip back and forth as you work through an example. In other areas, at times an example might skip a few steps which will require you to think through how they made the leap. Still, despite these shortcomings and the occassional errata, I still believe this is one of the better statistics textbooks.
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Fuzzy Logic with Engineering Applications
Fuzzy Logic with Engineering Applications
by Timothy J. Ross
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars LOADED WITH ERRATA, March 30, 2006
I purchased the book for a graduate level engineering course. Perhaps the other raters are orders of magnitude smarter than I, because I found the book to be extremely difficult to understand, almost to the point of laughability. The narrative is unnecessarily complex in my opinion, requiring a serious student to read and reread multiple times until a concept can be grasped. And you better have a dictionary handy because you will likely come across terms that even a well educated person will not recognize. To make matters worse, the text is LOADED with errata. On several occasions I struggled for hours working through examples in various chapters, pulling my hair out and not getting it, only to discover later after confronting the professor that the example was wrong. Not only are there numerical errors laced throughout the text and in the answer appendix, but there are MANY instances where the concept/strategy is not fully explained in an example, leaving you to scratch your head as to why particular variables and their value were chosen (not calculated), why a certain step was performed or not performed, and why certain "tactical decisions" were made as you make your way through a procedure. Several of the sketches are sloppy too where the accompanying narrative does not always match with what the sketch is telling you.

For a rather complex subject, the last thing you need is to struggle with the text. There are so many errors, and so many instances where a complex idea or example is not fully explained that I would recommend purchasing other reference material; at least until the 3rd edition of this text comes out and corrects most of the errata.


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