ISBN 9780821848579,Introduction to Probability

Introduction to Probability




Orient Blackswan



Orient Blackswan

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9780821848579

ISBN-10 0821848577

Paper Back

Number of Pages 528 Pages
Language (English)

Probability & statistics

This text is designed for an introductory probability course at the university level for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in mathematics, physical and social sciences, engineering, and computer science. It presents a thorough treatment of ideas and techniques necessary for a firm understanding of the subject.

The text is also recommended for use in discrete probability courses. The material is organized so that the discrete and continuous probability discussions are presented in a separate, but parallel, manner. This organization does not emphasize an overly rigorous or formal view of probability and therefore offers some strong pedagogical value. Hence, the discrete discussions can sometimes serve to motivate the more abstract continuous probability discussions.


Key ideas are developed in a somewhat leisurely style, providing a variety of interesting applications to probability and showing some nonintuitive ideas.

Over 600 exercises provide the opportunity for practicing skills and developing a sound understanding of ideas.

Numerous historical comments deal with the development of discrete probability.

The text includes many computer programs that illustrate the algorithms or the methods of computation for important problems.
About the Author(s):
Charles M. Grinstead , Swarthmore College. PA, and J. Laurie snell , Dartmouth College, Hanover, HH