Monte Carlo

Concepts, Algorithms, and Applications

  • George S. Fishman

Part of the Springer Series in Operations Research book series (ORFE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 683-698

About this book


This book provides an introduction to the Monte Carlo method suitable for a one-or two-semester course for graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the mathematical and engineering sciences. It also can serve as a reference for the professional analyst. In the past, my inability to provide students with a single­ source book on this topic for class and for later professional reference had left me repeatedly frustrated, and eventually motivated me to write this book. In addition to focused accounts of major topics, the book has two unifying themes: One concerns the effective use of information and the other concerns error control and reduction. The book describes how to incorporate information about a problem into a sampling plan in a way that reduces the cost of estimating its solution to within a specified error bound. Although exploiting special structures to reduce cost long has been a hallmark of the Monte Carlo method, the propen­ sity of users of the method to discard useful information because it does not fit traditional textbook models repeatedly has impressed me. The present account aims at reducing the impediments to integrating this information. Errors, both statistical and computational, abound in every Monte Carlo sam­ pling experiment, and a considerable methodology exists for controlling them.


Monte Carlo method Operations Research STATISTICA algorithms calculus data analysis statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • George S. Fishman
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  1. 1.Department of Operations ResearchUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1996
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-2847-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4757-2553-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1431-8598
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