A Modern Approach to Probability Theory
Authors: Fristedt, Bert E., Gray, Lawrence F.
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Overview This book is intended as a textbook in probability for graduate students in math ematics and related areas such as statistics, economics, physics, and operations research. Probability theory is a 'difficult' but productive marriage of mathemat ical abstraction and everyday intuition, and we have attempted to exhibit this fact. Thus we may appear at times to be obsessively careful in our presentation of the material, but our experience has shown that many students find them selves quite handicapped because they have never properly come to grips with the subtleties of the definitions and mathematical structures that form the foun dation of the field. Also, students may find many of the examples and problems to be computationally challenging, but it is our belief that one of the fascinat ing aspects of prob ability theory is its ability to say something concrete about the world around us, and we have done our best to coax the student into doing explicit calculations, often in the context of apparently elementary models. The practical applications of probability theory to various scientific fields are farreaching, and a specialized treatment would be required to do justice to the interrelations between prob ability and any one of these areas. However, to give the reader a taste of the possibilities, we have included some examples, particularly from the field of statistics, such as order statistics, Dirichlet distri butions, and minimum variance unbiased estimation.
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"Covers the essentials in a clear and readable fashion… A must for professionals and an attractive text for a graduate course." —American Mathematical Monthly (review of the first edition)
"This ambitious book is intended as ‘a textbook in probability for graduate students in mathematics and related areas such as economics, statistics, physics and operations research’…The coverage is careful and thorough…Quite a lot of fairly recent material is incorporated, and this is certainly one of the book’s strengths. The selection of material is sensible, and the quality of exposition is good…In sum: the book contains a lot of good mathematics, nicely done, and should prove useful to students and teachers, and to specialists in probability theory." —Mathematical Reviews (review of the first edition)
"The book takes the reader from a relatively low level.... To the point where he or she can specialize in research topics of current interest. ...an outstanding basis for teaching a graduate course in probability theory. The exhaustive compilation of results and detailed index also make it a very useful reference text for the more advanced probabilist... a good buy for anyone looking for a very accessible and complete mathematical account of modern probability theory." —Journal of the American Statistical Association (review of the first edition)
 Table of contents (33 chapters)


Probability Spaces
Pages 310

Random Variables
Pages 1124

Distribution Functions
Pages 2540

Expectations: Theory
Pages 4158

Expectations: Applications
Pages 5974

Table of contents (33 chapters)
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 Book Title
 A Modern Approach to Probability Theory
 Authors

 Bert E. Fristedt
 Lawrence F. Gray
 Series Title
 Probability and Its Applications
 Copyright
 1997
 Publisher
 Birkhäuser Basel
 Copyright Holder
 Springer Science+Business Media New York
 eBook ISBN
 9781489928375
 DOI
 10.1007/9781489928375
 Hardcover ISBN
 9780817638078
 Softcover ISBN
 9781489928399
 Series ISSN
 22970371
 Edition Number
 1
 Number of Pages
 XX, 758
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