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Probability Essentials

  • In the words of one reviewer: "Normally graduate students need two books, one on measure theory and one on probability theory.

  • This book contains (most of) the essentials of both fields and students can go on directly to Oksendal's book on SDE theory.

  • I would personally recommend it to my students.

  • In my eyes this book is, in this respect, a small gold mine."


Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)

Table of contents

  1. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 169-175
  2. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 177-184
  3. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 185-191
  4. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 193-205
  5. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 207-213
  6. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 215-218
  7. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 219-223
  8. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 225-238
  9. Jean Jacod, Philip Protter
    Pages 239-243
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 245-250

About this book


We present here a one-semester course on Probability Theory. We also treat measure theory and Lebesgue integration, concentrating on those aspects which are especially germane to the study of Probability Theory. The book is intended to fill a current need: there are mathematically sophisticated stu­ dents and researchers (especially in Engineering, Economics, and Statistics) who need a proper grounding in Probability in order to pursue their primary interests. Many Probability texts available today are celebrations of Prob­ ability Theory, containing treatments of fascinating topics to be sure, but nevertheless they make it difficult to construct a lean one semester course that covers (what we believe are) the essential topics. Chapters 1-23 provide such a course. We have indulged ourselves a bit by including Chapters 24-28 which are highly optional, but which may prove useful to Economists and Electrical Engineers. This book had its origins in a course the second author gave in Perugia, Italy, in 1997; he used the samizdat "notes" of the first author, long used for courses at the University of Paris VI, augmenting them as needed. The result has been further tested at courses given at Purdue University. We thank the indulgence and patience of the students both in Perugia and in West Lafayette. We also thank our editor Catriona Byrne, as weil as Nick Bingham for many superb suggestions, an anonymaus referee for the same, and Judy Mitchell for her extraordinary typing skills. Jean Jacod, Paris Philip Protter, West Lafayette Contents 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Brownian motion Martingal Martingale Martingales Random variable central limit theorem conditional probability convergence of random variables measure theory normal distribution probability probability distribution probability measure probability theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de ProbabilitésUniversité de Paris VIParis Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Mathematics and Statistics DepartmentsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Probability Essentials
  • Authors Jean Jacod
    Philip Protter
  • Series Title Universitext
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-66419-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-51431-9
  • Series ISSN 0172-5939
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-6675
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
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From the reviews:


"I like this book, and think that it would be fun to use it for its intended purpose…This book does a fine job for the stated purposes, and it can be highly recommended."

Short Book Reviews, Vol. 21, No. 2, August 2001

"The authors provide the shortest path through the twenty-eight chapter headings. The topis are treated in a mathematically and pedagogically digestible way. The writing is concise and crisp: the average chapter length is about eight pages. ... Numerous exercises add to the value of the text as a teaching tool. In conclusion, this is an excellent text for the intended audience."

From the reviews of the second edition:

"This introduction to probability theory can be used … for a one-semester course on probability theory … . It will also be useful for students and teachers in related areas such as finance theory (economics), electrical engineering, and operations research. The text covers the essentials in a directed and lean way with 28 short chapters. … The second edition contains some additions to the text and so the references and some parts are completely rewritten." (L’ Enseignement Mathematique, Vol. 50 (3-4), 2004)

"The first part of the book … provides a one-semester course on probability theory, including measure theory and Lebesgue integration, concentrating on those aspects which are especially germane to the study of probability theory. The second part … covers martingales, super- and submartingales, martingale convergence theorems, and the Radon-Nykodym Theorem, which might prove useful for students of economic and electrical engineering." (Zentralblatt für Didaktik der Mathematik, August, 2003)