1st Edition

Introduction to Probability with R

By Kenneth Baclawski Copyright 2008
    380 Pages 92 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    380 Pages 92 B/W Illustrations
    by Chapman & Hall

    Based on a popular course taught by the late Gian-Carlo Rota of MIT, with many new topics covered as well, Introduction to Probability with R presents R programs and animations to provide an intuitive yet rigorous understanding of how to model natural phenomena from a probabilistic point of view. Although the R programs are small in length, they are just as sophisticated and powerful as longer programs in other languages. This brevity makes it easy for students to become proficient in R.

    This calculus-based introduction organizes the material around key themes. One of the most important themes centers on viewing probability as a way to look at the world, helping students think and reason probabilistically. The text also shows how to combine and link stochastic processes to form more complex processes that are better models of natural phenomena. In addition, it presents a unified treatment of transforms, such as Laplace, Fourier, and z; the foundations of fundamental stochastic processes using entropy and information; and an introduction to Markov chains from various viewpoints. Each chapter includes a short biographical note about a contributor to probability theory, exercises, and selected answers.

    The book has an accompanying website with more information.

    Foreword. Preface. Sets, Events, and Probability. Finite Processes. Discrete Random Variables. General Random Variables. Statistics and the Normal Distribution. Conditional Probability. The Poisson Process. Randomization and Compound Processes. Entropy and Information. Markov Chains. Appendices. References. Index.


    Kenneth Baclawski