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Probability and Statistics

  1. James Johnson

Published Online: 14 DEC 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse322

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Johnson, J. 2007. Probability and Statistics. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. .

Author Information

  1. Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 DEC 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords:

  • probability;
  • statistical inference;
  • random variables;
  • distributions;
  • combinatorics;
  • computer simulation of random samples;
  • convergence of random variables;
  • characterstic functions