An Informal Guide to Probability, Risk and Statistics
Volume package: Copernicus
Everitt, Brian
2nd ed. 1999, VI, 142 p.
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From the reviews of the second edition:
"This book takes its place in a long line of books on probability directed to nonmathematicians. … the author gives those readers interested in more details some simple mathematics in various places, with the comment that readers uneasy with mathematics can pass over these details without losing the main thrust, but encourages readers to make the effort. … readers who try to follow the mathematical details will probably find these to be helpful exercises." (Gerald A. Heuer, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1156, 2009)
“…When dealing with conditional probability…you may enjoy the delightful book by Professor Everitt! According to the Preface, ‘As in the first edition, I have tried to keep the mathematical details to the very minimum although a few formidable looking formulae do occasionally appear.’” (Simo Puntanen, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Tampere, Finland) “Brian Everitt’s second edition of Chance Rules continues to be a valuable guide for addressing issues of probability with audiences of non-statisticians. … Rich with history, concisely explaining in various parts of the book the history of probabilistic thinking, gambling, and the evolving role of statistics in medicine. This historical approach provides the context that makes this “not” a dry book. …uses engaging examples that will help build statistical literacy…” (The American Statistician, February 2010, Vol. 64, No. 1)
“Practitioners, students, professors. What should you do when somebody is telling you that there is a system that is capable of reliable and accurate prediction when it comes to stock market movements? Why were things better when I was young? What did Professor Everitt reply in his younger days, when women in parties used to ask what he did for living? … If the above topics make you curious, you may enjoy the delightful book by Professor Everitt!” (Simo Puntanen, International Statistical Review, Vol. 78 (1), 2010)
“The author does an excellent job of using examples from throughout history to illustrate concepts and make his point. … The author concludes the chapter on a philosophical note by contemplating how people have come to view the universe, life, and everything in it. … In summary, this book is entertaining as well as informative. I recommend it for statisticians and nonstatisticians … . There is enough history and examples abound to understand the various facets of chance in our everyday lives.” (Dean V. Neubauer, Technometrics, Vol. 51 (4), November, 2009)
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