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What book or course would you recomend to a beginner in Probability and Statistics?

  1. Jul 20, 2011 #1
    What book or course would you recomend to a beginner in Probability and Statistics?
    That is my question. However I would like to specify my intentions.
    Along my math courses I have observed (many people have) that mathematicians have a different way of thinking this common language, mathematics, so is their focus. So I would like a book/course which has applications and really good, non trivial, examples. I found this a key point, GOOD EXAMPLES, not just the case for zero which obvsiously verifies everey property or the empty set. Examples that have to do either with everyday life or with applications.

    Thanks in advance to everyone.
     
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  3. Jul 20, 2011 #2

    chiro

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    Re: What book or course would you recomend to a beginner in Probability and Statistic

    Hey there BrunoIdeas and welcome to the forums.

    Most of the standard introductory A level probability books do focus on applications.

    My university used Mathematical Statistics with Applications and it has a lot of problems which should keep you busy.

    Get some of the actuary exams of the respective professional websites: that should keep you busy and give you a few headaches.
     
  4. Jul 21, 2011 #3
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    Can you remember the author(s)? They're often a more distinctive way of identifying such books. The first page of Google results I got contained 3 of that title. But the blurb here at Amazon.com says the one by Wackerly, Mendenhall & Scheaffer is a popular choice at US universities.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2011 #4

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    Re: What book or course would you recomend to a beginner in Probability and Statistic

    For basic probability theory with lots of examples and fun problems, I really like "a first course in probability" by Ross. Your college library likely has it. If you want to buy it, get a used copy of an old edition for cheap. I learned from the third edition which I thought was quite excellent - am not familiar with other editions by I suspect they are similar. Does not contain statistics, but you need to know probability before you can do statistics, so it is a good place to start.

    good luck,

    jason
     
  6. Jul 21, 2011 #5

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    Re: What book or course would you recomend to a beginner in Probability and Statistic

    I really enjoy "understanding probability" by Henk Tijms. The book is literally filled with cool, nontrivial examples :approve:
     
  7. Jul 21, 2011 #6

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    Re: What book or course would you recomend to a beginner in Probability and Statistic

    That's the one.
     
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