Probability and Statistics
Published Online: 14 DEC 2007
Copyright © 2007 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering
How to Cite
Johnson, J. 2007. Probability and Statistics. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. .
- Published Online: 14 DEC 2007
After a brief historical account of probability's evolution over the past five centuries, the article presents techinical overviews of concepts that are central to computer science and engineering applications. These areas are probability spaces, combinatorics, random variables and their distributions, convergence modes, computer simulations, and statistical inference. Each section begins with elementary definitions, continues with the most frequently used techniques and theorems, and concludes with more advanced results. Examples and typical computations accompany the presentations.
- statistical inference;
- random variables;
- computer simulation of random samples;
- convergence of random variables;
- characterstic functions