Introduction to Probability

2nd Edition

Authors: George Roussas
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128000410
eBook ISBN: 9780128001981
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd December 2013
Page Count: 546
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Introduction to Probability, Second Edition, is written for upper-level undergraduate students in statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, operations research, actuarial science, biological sciences, economics, physics, and some of the social sciences. With his trademark clarity and economy of language, the author explains important concepts of probability, while providing useful exercises and examples of real world applications for students to consider. After introducing fundamental probability concepts, the book proceeds to topics including special distributions, the joint probability density function, covariance and correlation coefficients of two random variables, and more.

Key Features

  • Demonstrates the applicability of probability to many human activities with examples and illustrations
  • Discusses probability theory in a mathematically rigorous, yet accessible way
  • Each section provides relevant proofs, and is followed by exercises and useful hints
  • Answers to even-numbered exercises are provided and detailed answers to all exercises are available to instructors on the book companion site


Upper level undergraduate students and graduate level students

Table of Contents




Chapter Descriptions


Concluding Comments

Preface to the Second Edition

Chapter 1. Some Motivating Examples


Chapter 2. Some Fundamental Concepts


2.1 Some Fundamental Concepts

2.2 Some Fundamental Results

2.3 Random Variables

2.4 Basic Concepts and Results in Counting

Chapter 3. The Concept of Probability and Basic Results


3.1 Definition of Probability

3.2 Some Basic Properties and Results

3.3 Distribution of a Random Variable

Chapter 4. Conditional Probability and Independence


4.1 Conditional Probability and Related Results

4.2 Independent Events and Related Results

Chapter 5. Numerical Characteristics of a Random Variable


5.1 Expectation, Variance, and Moment-Generating Function of a Random Variable

5.2 Some Probability Inequalities

5.3 Median and Mode of a Random Variable

Chapter 6. Some Special Distributions


6.1 Some Special Discrete Distributions

6.2 Some Special Continuous Distributions

Chapter 7. Joint Probability Density Function of Two Random Variables and Related Quantities


7.1 Joint d.f. and Joint p.d.f. of Two Random Variables

7.2 Marginal and Conditional p.d.f.’s, Conditional Expectation, and Variance

Chapter 8. Joint Moment-Generating Function, Covariance, and Correlation Coefficient of Two Random Variables


8.1 The Joint m.g.f. of Two Random Variables

8.2 Covariance and Correlation Coefficient of Two Random Variables

8.3 Proof of Theorem 1, Some Further Results

Chapter 9. Some Generalizations to k Random Variables, and Three Multivariate Distributions


9.1 Joint Distribution o


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About the Author

George Roussas

George G. Roussas earned a B.S. in Mathematics with honors from the University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Berkeley. As of July 2014, he is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of California, Davis. Roussas is the author of five books, the author or co-author of five special volumes, and the author or co-author of dozens of research articles published in leading journals and special volumes. He is a Fellow of the following professional societies: The American Statistical Association (ASA), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), The Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (ISI); also, he is a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens. Roussas was an associate editor of four journals since their inception, and is now a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Statistical Inference for Stochastic Processes. Throughout his career, Roussas served as Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Chancellor at two universities; also, he served as an Associate Dean at UC-Davis, helping to transform that institution's statistical unit into one of national and international renown. Roussas has been honored with a Festschrift, and he has given featured interviews for the Statistical Science and the Statistical Periscope. He has contributed an obituary to the IMS Bulletin for Professor-Academician David Blackwell of UC-Berkeley, and has been the coordinating editor of an extensive article of contributions for Professor Blackwell, which was published in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society and the Celebratio Mathematica.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, USA


"...a very traditional mathematics text on the topic of probability. Readers should be comfortable with multiple integrals and, in spots, a little linear algebra. The writing is clear and concise.", August 18 2014