StudentFriendly Coverage of Probability, Statistical Methods, Simulation, and Modeling Tools
Incorporating feedback from instructors and researchers who used the previous edition, Probability and Statistics for Computer Scientists, Second Edition helps students understand general methods of stochastic modeling, simulation, and data analysis; make optimal decisions under uncertainty; model and evaluate computer systems and networks; and prepare for advanced probabilitybased courses. Written in a lively style with simple language, this classroomtested book can now be used in both one and twosemester courses.
New to the Second Edition

Axiomatic introduction of probability

Expanded coverage of statistical inference, including standard errors of estimates and their estimation, inference about variances, chisquare tests for independence and goodness of fit, nonparametric statistics, and bootstrap

More exercises at the end of each chapter

Additional MATLAB^{®} codes, particularly new commands of the Statistics Toolbox
InDepth yet Accessible Treatment of Computer ScienceRelated Topics
Starting with the fundamentals of probability, the text takes students through topics heavily featured in modern computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, and associated fields, such as computer simulations, Monte Carlo methods, stochastic processes, Markov chains, queuing theory, statistical inference, and regression. It also meets the requirements of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Encourages Practical Implementation of Skills
Using simple MATLAB commands (easily translatable to other computer languages), the book provides short programs for implementing the methods of probability and statistics as well as for visualizing randomness, the behavior of random variables and stochastic processes, convergence results, and Monte Carlo simulations. Preliminary knowledge of MATLAB is not required. Along with numerous computer science applications and worked examples, the text presents interesting facts and paradoxical statements. Each chapter concludes with a short summary and many exercises.