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Miller & Freund's Probability and Statistics for Engineers (8th Edition) 8th Edition
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In this note, I'm reviewing the 8th Economy Edition, an Asian reprint of the American book that sells at a much lower cost. Several of my students use this edition instead of the American 8th and I have a copy of it. The book is paperback, so it is not indestructible, but all of the copies I've seen are standing up well to heavy use. The print is clear. The graphics are greyscale rather than the American edition's color, but I don't see any resulting ambiguity or loss of information. Overall, this edition appears to be a fully-functional substitute for the full-price textbook.
The text continually refers to examples in previous sections, which forces the reader to search back through the text. The interuption is distracting and annoying. In many cases, the page numbers where the example can be found are not given. The text also does this with the exercises, forcing the student to wear-out the pages. Sometimes, I feel as though I need two copies of the textbook so I don't waste so much time thumbing back and forth.
I have ended up reading and re-reading the text while trying to understand some of the concepts and rational. In some areas, the author does not explain anything. While other times, the text continues for pages explaining things that an elementry school graduate should know. I am waiting to see multiplication tables in future chapters. All the while, some college level information is brushed-over. I typically need to work several exercises and beat my head against the wall a few times until I go ah ha! Why didn't the author explain this.
With textbooks like this, it is no wonder engineers have a reputation for poor communication skills.
One may use this book as a handbook for some statistical problems. However, I find it very poor in terms of reading it from scratch. Moreover, many important issues are not covered, and those covered are not very analysed.
i.e. I cant find the transformation of stochastic variables, The properties of the gaussian d. are not fully covered. No Rayleigh or Rice distribution? After all I am not sure this book is for engineers.
I would have liked to have known that before purchasing. Most answer manuals have answers to all problems.
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Only has solutions to odd problems, why don't they mention this anywhere? The books is more of an answer sheet than a solution book, and when they do give you a solution, they're... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ed
This book amazing! I took so many notes from it. Very organized. Like NewPublished 16 months ago by kim