Common Probability Distributions

  • John Haigh
Part of the Springer Undergraduate Mathematics Series book series (SUMS)


Here we look at a number of experiments in which chance plays a role, set up plausible probability spaces, and describe their main properties. The general phrase “a probability distribution” means a description of the outcomes, and how to find the probabilities of the events.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Haigh
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  1. 1.Mathematics DeptUniversity of SussexBrightonUK

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