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Probability

John Haigh

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199588480
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777943 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199588480.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Probability

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Probability: A Very Short Introduction explores ideas of probability and the different philosophical approaches to it. It provides a brief account of the history of development of probability theory, and considers the work of some of the big players: from Galileo and Pascal to Bayes, Laplace, Poisson, and Markov. Making good decisions under conditions of uncertainty — which is the norm — requires a sound appreciation of the way random chance works. As analysis and modelling of most aspects of the world, and all measurement, are necessarily imprecise and involve uncertainties of varying degrees, the understanding and management of probabilities is central to much work in the sciences and economics.

Keywords: addition law; central limit theorem; conditional probability; expected utility; law of large numbers; mean value; multiplication; probability; random; standard deviation; uniform distribution

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Probability

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Fundamentals in Probability

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Historical sketch in Probability

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Chance experiments in Probability

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Games people play in Probability

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Other applications in Probability

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