A First Course in Probability

3.83 avg rating
( 275 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780024038500: A First Course in Probability

First all, everyone wishing to learn probability comes from different background, math level, and motivation. There is no book that suits all. Recently I needed to know something about moment generating functions. With all my advanced engineering background though, I find it difficult to get into probability. So I bought the following supposedly introductory texts: Ross, DeGroot, Stirzaker, Bersekas & Tsitsiklis. To me, Ross seems like a review lesson to cram for finals; it's choke full of examples but fairly spare in exposition. DeGroot is the opposite, long on descriptions but short on examples; by the time it finishes describing the problem, you have forgotten how to solve it. Probability is set up more as a prelude to statistics in the second half of the book. Stirzaker calls his book "elementary" the way Sherlock Holmes dismissed a case after slogging all night through the English bogs. It is more for the well-drilled boys from elite British "public" (private actually) schools. Bersekas comes closest to what I look for in a text, straightforward in prose with a judicious selection of examples to explain theory. For beginners, the best approach I found, in the end, was to go the local community college and buy the text used for Finite Math. Usually, there are 3 to 4 chapters that introduce probability. Such a text is aimed an audience from wider academic and language backgrounds, as community colleges are mandated to do.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sheldon M. Ross
Published by Macmillan Coll Div (1988)
ISBN 10: 0024038504 ISBN 13: 9780024038500
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Macmillan Coll Div, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 24038504

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ross, Sheldon M.
Published by Macmillan Coll Div (1988)
ISBN 10: 0024038504 ISBN 13: 9780024038500
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Macmillan Coll Div, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110024038504

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 47.95
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Ross, Sheldon M.
Published by Macmillan Coll Div
ISBN 10: 0024038504 ISBN 13: 9780024038500
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Macmillan Coll Div. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0024038504 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0004443

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sheldon M. Ross
Published by Macmillan Coll Div (1988)
ISBN 10: 0024038504 ISBN 13: 9780024038500
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Macmillan Coll Div, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 3rd. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0024038504

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 69.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds