O'Reilly logo

Foundation Mathematics for the Physical Sciences by K. F. Riley, M. P. Hobson

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

15

Elementary probability

All scientists will know the importance of experiment and observation and, equally, be aware that the results of some experiments depend to a degree on chance. For example, in an experiment to measure the heights of a random sample of people, we would not be in the least surprised if all the heights were found to be different; but, if the experiment were repeated often enough, we would expect to find some sort of regularity in the results. Statistical methods are concerned with the analysis of real experimental data of this sort.

In this final chapter we discuss the subject of probability, which is the theoretical basis for most statistical methods. Our development of probability will be with an eye to its eventual applications ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required