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Introduction to Probability 1st Edition
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Testimonial: I recently adopted "Introduction to Probability" as the text for a first-year, masters of engineering course on stochastic systems, and it was a great experience. In working with the book, I found that the authors' thoughtful approach really helps to solidify the students' understanding of basic concepts. For example, the text's approach to conditional probability, particularly with its emphasis on sample-space, is so clear that several students (even the TA) came to me afterward saying that, prior to reading the book, they never had a clear understanding of what the formulas actually mean. From an instructor's perspective, "Introduction to Probability" is easy to use. It is accessible to students with diverse backgrounds, and it is also well-balanced, with lots of intuitive/motivating discussion in the main body of each chapter and advanced concepts in extended end-of-the chapter problems. The authors support the text by making available a large amount of supplementary material on the web, including supplementary exercises (suitable for homework or exams) and lecture notes from their introductory probability course at MIT. I highly recommend "Introduction to Probability" to anyone preparing to teach an introductory course on stochastic systems, probability, and stochastic processes.
The book actually assigned to our class was Sheldon Ross' A First Course in Probability. I found Ross' book unreadable so I began looking for another text in order to help myself pass the class.
After reading numerous reviews I decided on an Introduction to Probability. The book is well written and easy to understand. The main points are highlighted and made extremely obvious. In addition they are backed by step by step easy to understand examples. Another feature I found very helpful was the use of graphical examples to reinforce the points being made.
In short I would recommend this book highly to anyone looking for an introduction to probability.
Update: I finished my probability course in May with an A. I completely stopped using Ross' book around the time of this review. This book was by far the most useful tool I had. I strongly back my original recommendation. I will be graduating this fall, and this book has turned out to be one of the best mathematic books I have encountered thus far.
I say this for the following reasons. First, the layout of the book, and the order it presented material is very intuitive and helpful. Second is how well the book reads. My experience with quite a few mathematics books has been the following. The math books are written by mathematicians. While being a mathematician may qualify you to teach a subject, it does not generally translate into an ability to put your ideas into written form. The result is a book that is not read by the students, but instead only consulted when all other methods of information retrieval fail. Introduction to Probability does not share this fate. The writing style of the book is very straight forward and easy to understand. While this may sound redundant, I personally think this is one of the best reasons to buy this book.
I recently found myself looking at several probability books to give a recommendation to a friend. This book (by two well-known MIT professors of Electrical Engineering) is a wonderful treatment in terms of its style (simple informal explanations, motivating discussions, frequent notes of a historical/philosophical nature); its selection of topics (the basics, mainly, usually from the most useful perspective); its rigor and accuracy; its reasonable brevity; its rather conventional point of view (contrast it, for example, with the very interesting recent book by E. Jaynes); and its humor.
One negative comment: This volume appears to have been published by the author's own (tiny) publishing company. The book's quality would have been improved if the author/publisher had engaged the services of a proof reader and editor. Some of the word usage is just wrong, and commas are scattered about more or less randomly in the text. While this doesn't detract from the quality of the information, it's a distraction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book I've ever read on probability.
Structured really well.
Horrible Book. I could have sworn I ordered the 2nd edition but the 1st came.Published 7 months ago by JB
This is the best "Introduction to Probability" book I have found.
Other books either start too deep or skip around the subject too much for my liking.
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I learn more easily by reading books than listening to lectures. But if I have to reread a book multiple times to understand a topic than I won't like it as much. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Samantha Collins
Good book if you have taken stats before. Might be daunting for beginners due to the fact that there is very little introduction to the basic material.Published on April 2, 2013 by Mateusz
The visual aides of the book greatly increases the understanding of the subject. Last semester I took a similar math class that covered all these topics (i.e. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Nalu
This is a great book; it is very thorough and has lots of examples. The greatest feature of this book is that the solutions to the end of chapter problems are provided on the... Read morePublished on June 20, 2009 by Joseph M. Pereira
Very well written book. Excellent explanation of basic concepts, and I echo the positive reviews of other readers.Published on February 26, 2008 by Prof WuZhai