Chance

Chance

A Guide to Gambling, Love, the Stock Market & Just About Anything Else

Book - 2004
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"In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory - the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a random event. He explains probability in clear, layperson's terms, and shows its practical applications." "What is commonly called "luck" has mathematical roots - and in Chance, you'll learn to increase your odds of success in everything from true love to the stock market."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Thunder's Mouth Press, c2004.
ISBN: 9781568583167
1568583168
Characteristics: xiii, 161 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: 1. What is probability?
2. Measuring the probability
3. The law of unions
4. Independence of events
5. Subjective probability
6. The complement of an event, and the union of independent events
7. Random walks and the gambler's ruin
8. What is randomness?
9. Pascal's triangle
10. The inspection paradox
11. The birthday problem
12. Coincidences
13. How to succeed in love (find the best apartment, or adopt the best puppy)
14. How to make decisions under uncertainty
15. Game strategies
16. Bayes's theorem
17. The normal curve
18. Understanding the presidential election (and other) polls
19. Conclusion
Appendix / Brad Johnson.
Summary: "In Chance, celebrated mathematician Amir D. Aczel turns his sights on probability theory - the branch of mathematics that measures the likelihood of a random event. He explains probability in clear, layperson's terms, and shows its practical applications." "What is commonly called "luck" has mathematical roots - and in Chance, you'll learn to increase your odds of success in everything from true love to the stock market."--BOOK JACKET.

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