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Mathematics of Probability
Daniel W. Stroock, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
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Graduate Studies in Mathematics
2013; 284 pp; hardcover
Volume: 149
ISBN-10: 1-4704-0907-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4704-0907-4
List Price: US$75
Member Price: US$60
Order Code: GSM/149
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See also:

Knowing the Odds: An Introduction to Probability - John B Walsh

Probability - Davar Khoshnevisan

This book covers the basics of modern probability theory. It begins with probability theory on finite and countable sample spaces and then passes from there to a concise course on measure theory, which is followed by some initial applications to probability theory, including independence and conditional expectations. The second half of the book deals with Gaussian random variables, with Markov chains, with a few continuous parameter processes, including Brownian motion, and, finally, with martingales, both discrete and continuous parameter ones.

The book is a self-contained introduction to probability theory and the measure theory required to study it.

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Readership

Graduate students and researchers interested in probability.

Reviews

"This book is a very thorough advanced undergraduate/beginning graduate course on probability theory for students who have a good background in modern mathematical ideas. ... [W]hat distinguishes this book from its many competitors is the thoroughness of argument, and the tasteful choice of auxiliary topics that complement the main menu. ... The book is replete with carefully chosen exercise for readers to test their understanding. Another nice touch is that the author always takes care to let the reader know who originally came up with a particularly clever argument or method. In this way, readers get a healthy exposure to ways of thinking originating from Doeblin, Doob, Dynkin, Huygens, Kac, Kolmogorov, Livy, Marcinkiewicz and Wiener, among many others. This is a very good book on which to base a graduate course or to use for self-study."

-- David Applebaum, University of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK

"Mathematics of Probability is a very enjoyable book. It is definitely a book for graduate students, but it manages to begin exploring the subject without a lot of prerequisites. ... It manages to discuss rigorously, and in a mostly self-contained manner, advanced topics which are not found in undergraduate books. ... It is a good book for independent study. It does not overwhelm the reader with exercises (each section ends with several problems). The footnotes and the comments at the end of each chapter are to the point and help the reader keep focus. ... All in all, I regard this book highly and I recommend it for course use as well as for independent study."

-- Florin Catrina, MAA Reviews

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