Introduction to Probability

  • John B. Thomas

Part of the Springer Texts in Electrical Engineering book series (STELE)

Table of contents

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  9. Back Matter
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About this book


This book was written for an introductory one-term course in probability. It is intended to provide the minimum background in probability that is necessary for students interested in applications to engineering and the sciences. Although it is aimed primarily at upperclassmen and beginning graduate students, the only prere­ quisite is the standard calculus course usually required of under­ graduates in engineering and science. Most beginning students will have some intuitive notions of the meaning of probability based on experiences involving, for example, games of chance. This book develops from these notions a set of precise and ordered concepts comprising the elementary theory of probability. An attempt has been made to state theorems carefully, but the level of the proofs varies greatly from formal arguments to appeals to intuition. The book is in no way intended as a substi­ tu te for a rigorous mathematical treatment of probability. How­ ever, some small amount of the language of formal mathematics is used, so that the student may become better prepared (at least psychologically) either for more formal courses or for study of the literature. Numerous examples are provided throughout the book. Many of these are of an elementary nature and are intended merely to illustrate textual material. A reasonable number of problems of varying difficulty are provided. Instructors who adopt the text for classroom use may obtain a Solutions Manual for all of the problems by writing to the author.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John B. Thomas
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-96319-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-8658-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-8482
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