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Probability: A Very Short Introduction

John Haigh

April 2012

ISBN: 9780199588480

144 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Making good decisions under conditions of uncertainty requires an appreciation of the way random chance works. In this Very Short Introduction, John Haigh provides a brief account of probability theory; explaining the philosophical approaches, discussing probability distributions, and looking its applications in science and economics.

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Making good decisions under conditions of uncertainty requires an appreciation of the way random chance works. In this Very Short Introduction, John Haigh provides a brief account of probability theory; explaining the philosophical approaches, discussing probability distributions, and looking its applications in science and economics.

  • Explores ideas of probability and the different philosophical approaches to it
  • Provides a brief account of the history of development of probability theory
  • Considers the work of some of the big players; from Galileo and Pascal to Bayes, Laplace, Poisson, and Markov
  • Discusses a wide range of applications of probability theory in science, economics, and a variety of other contexts
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over five million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

John Haigh, Reader in Statistics, University of Sussex

John Haigh is a mathematics tutor at the University of Sussex and has written many papers on probability. He is the author of three books, including Taking Chances (OUP, 2003).

Table of Contents

    1:Fundamentals
    2:The workings of probability
    3:Historical sketch
    4:Chance experiments
    5:Making sense of probabilities
    6:Games people play
    7:Applications in science and operations research
    8:Other applications
    9:Curiosities and dilemmas
    Appendix - Answers to questions posed

Reviews

"An excellent and provocative introduction to a fascinating and underappreciated subject." - Mathematical Gazette