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Topic: [ap-stat] Book on probability
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David Quatrone

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Re:[ap-stat] Book on probability
Posted: Aug 1, 2012 6:52 PM
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Sorry, I guess I forgot to include the request.  To repeat, this is a question from a Mensan book lovers site.  I was hoping to get some good answers.  Thanks in advance.  Here it is:
Can anyone recommend me some good introductory books on probability theory? I'm looking for something that's more of an overview, but less in the style of a textbook. It's alright if it's technical, as long as it is not of a highly technical and abstruse nature. 

A recap of the books I have read: one book was highly philosophical - incorporating a "modal ontology" (in particular, a view of probability based on S5 modal logic)- while not having much mathematical insight. In fact, he did not give a definition of what probability was, insisting that its nature would be elucidated in practice. But I fail to see how a view of the properties of probability based on a quantification over possible worlds could be consistent with scientific practice. For example, if we wanted to talk about the random probability of a radioactive decay process, it would seem ridiculous for a scientist to respond: "well...that depends on what world we are talking about." 

A better philosophical book on probability is "Philosophical Theories of Probability" by Donald Gillies. A good book on general probability from a Bayesian perspective is "Probability - The Logic of Science" by Jaynes. At the moment, I am primarily searching for books on mathematical probability theory, and not on probability interpretations, but any suggestions are welcome.


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--- On Wed, 8/1/12, David Quatrone <> wrote:

From: David Quatrone <>
Subject: Book on probability
To: "AP Statistics" <>
Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 2:06 PM

Below is a post from a Mensan Book Lovers site I am on.
Does anyone have a good suggestion?
Thanks in advance,
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