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121. Intermediate Algebra for College Students (3rd Edition) by Robert F. Blitzer | |
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Blitzer's Intermediate Algebra |
122. Analysis of Financial Time Series by Ruey S.Tsay, Ruey S. Tsay | |
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Analysis of Financial Time Series
A very practical book
Petition: please provide table of contents! |
123. Calculus (3rd Edition) by Monty J. Strauss, Gerald L. Bradley, Karl J. Smith | |
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Book Description Built from the ground up to meet the needs of today's calculus learners, Calculus was the first book to pair a complete calculus syllabus with the best elements of reform—like extensive verbalization and strong geometric visualization. The Third Edition of this groundbreaking book has been crafted and honed, making it the book of choice for those seeking the best of both worlds. Numerous chapters offer an exciting choice of problem sets and include topics such as functions and graphs, limits and continuity, differentiation, additional applications of the derivative, integration, additional applications of the integral, methods of integration, infinite series, vectors in the plane and in space, vector-valued functions, partial differentiation, multiple integration, introduction to vector analysis, and introduction to differential equations. For individuals in fields related to engineering, science, or mathematics. ... Read moreReviews (7)
Very Challenging
An excellent book
Student's Nightmare--AWFUL! Also, more about the book itself, and not the content--the binding fell apart for every person that had this class with me, and the ink on the pages will smear with a rub of the finger, or eraser. The only commendable trait in the text would be the computer-generated graphics/plots. Especially those that were 3D. That is why I decided to bestow the one star...actually, I couldn't give it zero. If you HAVE to purchase this text for a class, be prepared to write a letter to your professor at the end of the course, telling him/her how awful this text was. If you are looking to purchase it for your leisure reading.....DON'T! There are many better texts out there.
Terrible
Clearly presents a difficult subject |
124. Fundamentals of Statistics by Michael III Sullivan | |
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125. Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Michael Sipser | |
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Life saver The main thing that made this book stand out above the rest is that it's written in language that is easily understood, while other text books burden you down with a multitude of symbols and equations. The proof ideas are very helpfull in understanding concepts Thank you Mr. Sipser!
BEST Computer Theory book My advice is read this book if you an undergrad student, even though instructor might be using a different book. If you are a grad student this books makes an excellent reference for refreshing your knowledge of Computer Theory. Computer Theory is not my area of interest, but this book makes it very interesting and fun area; which is quiet unusual for Computer Theory books. I am a grad student taking advanced "Computer Theory" class. I have bought couple books including this one, and checked out from library another 6. This book in an introductory book and it has excellent coverage of the basics, and it has some brief but very good coverage of advanced topics as well. I read this book every time to refresh my knowledge before I go on to more in depth topics. The only thing that I wish, is that the undergrad course that I have taken a number years ago was using this book; and/or I read this book when I was an undergrad.
Probably the best computation theory text for students
A Near Perfect Computer Theory Textbook
An EXCELLENT Automata/Theory of Computation book One of the greatest things about this book is its focus on developing an intuitive understanding of the concepts and proofs. Other books do a better job of formal proofs but this book is light years ahead of any other in terms of helping you develop an intuitive understanding of why a given proof or construction is correct. It's a lot better than the memorize/regurgitate model necessitated by the emphasis on minutiae of other books. Lastly, this book provides great tips on how to approach problem solving (especially proofs). ... Read more |
126. Elementary and Intermediate Algebra, Second Edition by Allen R. Angel | |
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Book Description The Angel Series continues to offer proven pedagogy, sound exercise sets and superior user support. An emphasis on the practical applications of algebra motivates readers and encourages them to see algebra as an important part of their daily lives. The user–friendly writing style uses short, clear sentences and easy–to–understand language, and the outstanding pedagogical program makes the material easy to follow and comprehend. The new editions continue to place a strong emphasis on problem solving. Real Numbers; Solving Linear Equations; Formulas and Applications of Algebra; Graphing Linear Equations; Exponents and Polynomials; Factoring; Rational Expressions and Equations; Functions and Their Graphs; Systems of Linear Equations; Inequities in One and Two Variables; Roots, Radicals, and Complex Numbers; Quadratic Functions; Exponential and Logarithmic Functions; Conic Sections; and Sequence, Series, and the Binominal Theorem. For any professional needing to apply algebra to their work. ... Read more |
127. Statistical Analysis with Missing Data, Second Edition by Roderick J. A.Little, Donald B.Rubin | |
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Cautious and applicable This book provides a huge library of techniques for working around the holes, as well as techniques for filling them in. This is not a cut-and-paste text for programmers - it gives the basic theory and algorithms for each technique. Still, the presentation is quite readable and fairly easy to put into practice. The book's emphasis is on imputation - filling in values so that analysis can move forward. This is something to approach with real caution, though. The imputed (synthesized) values must not perturb the analysis, so the imputation must differ according to the analysis being performed. The authors present a variety of imputation techniques, as well as bootstrap, jacknife, and other techniques for measuring the quality of the results. The authors also dedicate chapters to approaches that work only with available data, and to cases where missing data can not simply be ignored. This is the most thorough and practical guide I know to handling missing data. In an ideal world, experiments would all produce usable results and surveys would all have every question answered. When you have to deal with reality, though, this is the book.
the bible on missing data
Classic Text on Missing Data |
128. Statistics by David Freedman, Robert Pisani, Roger Purves | |
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Now I get it!
Excellent text My guess is that the students complaining about this book don't know how good they've got it. You could be stuck with a book that focuses on how to do statistics with Excel or the like, in which case you'll basically learn nothing of subsequent value. :)
Statistics by David Freedman
Great Intro Book for Non-Math/Stat Majors
Nothing Better -Nothing even comes close I have taught introductory statistics for many years and my contempt for the other texts increases year by year. Apparently publishers demand that texts be "computerized" and the authors have been too spineless to resist. I would like to add that I suspect that most instructors who have used the other texts exclusively would have a tough time with some questions which students of this book would answer with ease. ... Read more |
129. Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA by MaryJackson, MikeStaunton | |
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The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing the spreadsheets, VBA functions and macros used throughout the work. ... Read more Reviews (10)
Comprehensive coverage of VBA financial models Many subjects are materials not normally covered in a typical MBA curriculum (although they would in a MS program) Examples: in Chapter 13, Non-normal Distributions and Implied Volatility, the authors showed the way to model a Black & Scholes Equity Option using the more realistic non-normal distribution assumptions acounting for skewness and kurtosis (non-symetry and fat tails). In the Appendix, author introduced the ARIMA models in Excel (modeled typically with statistical or time-series software packages, such as SAS or SPSS), splines curve fitting and lastly estimation of eigenvalues and eigenvectors (for estimation of principal components analysis). You will find the Excel/VBA codes bundled in the CD handy for those who wish to develop more advanced models. This book is a godsend for busy practitioners who want to master quickly the art and science of building numerical techniques and coding models with Excel. Feel free to email me if you need to know any details from the book. P.S. book divided into four components
Advanced modelling in finance using Excel and VBA There are some major deficiencies in this book. Noticeably absent topics include: bond portfolio immunization; swap pricing; forwards and futures hedging; the ARCH, GARCH and CHARMA models. My background is in finance, mathematics and computer science. Unlike the guy above, I don't see any need for advanced mathematics in order to study this book. In fact I am sure you don't. The point is to make excel do it for you. However it will a lot easier for those who understand the finance and mathematics behind what they are telling excel to do. I am assuming that those who are considering this book most likely have taken at least one college level calculus course and one statistics course. But I don't think even that is necessary and definitely not stochastic calculus.
Not really satisfying The result is a series of programming black boxes and ugly spreadsheets having only limited usefulness. Although the level of his book is somewhat lower, Benninga's "Financial Modeling" book is much better at explaining the conceptual basis of financial models. A good programmer will be better off with Benninga than with Jackson-Staunton.
Stochastic Calculus? The book not only applies to my current vocation, but i have found practical application for this book in the Scandanavian Seal clubbing industry. I have stopped my wheels spinning, life is a truly experience after reading this book. I also highly recommend Dr. Zeus, Cat in the Hat & Green eggs & Ham!
Highly Recommended |
130. The Ultimate Math Refresher for the GRE, GMAT, and SAT by Lighthouse Review | |
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Great basic math review
Really helpful
very intresting one
Great for GMAT Prep! The first time I took the GMAT, I used Kaplan's math prep book. Although it gave me practice answering GMAT type questions, the reality was I really needed to first was brush up on my math fundamentals. This book covers arithmatic, algebra, and geometry in 37 lessons. A great buy for anyone taking an ETS test!
A Must Have for Every Family |
131. Experiments: Planning, Analysis, and Parameter Design Optimization by C. F. Jeff Wu, Michael Hamada | |
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Book Description The past two decades have seen major progress in the use of statistically designed experiments for product and process improvement. In this new work, Jeff Wu and Michael Hamada, two highly recognized researchers in the field, introduce some of the newest discoveries in the design and analysis of experiments as well as their applications to system optimization, robustness, and treatment comparisons in the diverse fields of engineering, technology, agriculture, biology, and medicine. Drawing on examples from their impressive roster of industrial clients (including GM, Ford, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Chrysler), Wu and Hamada modernize accepted methodologies, while presenting many cutting-edge topics for the first time in a single, easily accessible source. These include robust parameter design, reliability improvement, analysis of nonnormal data, analysis of experiments with complex aliasing, multilevel designs, minimum aberration designs, and orthogonal arrays. Other features include:
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A Superb Graduate Textbook Wu and Hamada (2000) is a superb textbook in this regard. The book is loaded with a number of most important modern topics in design of experiments, including robust parameter design, minimum aberration, designs with complex aliasing, and generalized linear models (p. xvii). These modern topics only receive some courteous treatment, if any at all, in most of design textbooks. The importance of these topics cannot be over-stated. It is impossible for an instructor to provide a detailed coverage of all the important topics in any design course. Practical problems often require the use of certain methods, which may or may not be touched in a design course. Therefore, we will often have to go back to our graduate textbooks to do some further reading. The comprehensive design tables in Wu and Hamada (2000) If I can only own one design book, this is the one.
Not in touch with Grad Students... Use of the 'et cetera' function, or a failure to work out examples. I'm not sure if I'm in a minority with this opinion, but I believe, after many years as a graduate student that examples should be worked on in their entirety. Unfortunately, this in not the case with this textbook. There are numerous places in this text where the authors reference, with great generality, pervious half-worked examples or formulas. Not only does this make the text sometimes difficult to follow, it also reduces the usefulness of the book as a self teaching tool. The text also fails to include even some of the solutions to its exercises. I'm not sure why many authors fail to include even some of the solutions to their chapter exercises. In my opinion, I believe that this is a serious weakness in text. Most professors who teach graduate level courses create their own problem sets. By failing to include even partial solution sets, the authors minimizes or completely destroys any benefit of including exercises in the text (especially if you are not reading this text as part of a course). There is no benefit of working out exercises if you can not correct or even identify your mistakes. If I had to have just one "Design of Experiments" book, I would not choose this one. Although there are many great things about this book, it is notoriously light on Split-Plot experiments. In fact, Split-plot experiments (which are very common) only receive a cursory mention. If you are looking for Books on Designs of experiments, I suggest you look at "Design and Analysis of Experiments" by Douglas Montgomery, or maybe even the older "Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments" by Mason, Gunst, and Hess.
authoritative and thorough treatment The book is intended for scientists and engineers as well as statisticians. The authors deliberately introduce the concepts gently, starting with a real problem and constructing and analyzing a design type considered in the chapter. This is done consistently from chapters 3-13. They start with the simplest ideas and designs and build up. Chapter 1 deals with single factor experiments and Chapter 2 with experiments with more than one factor, starting with two. Section 1.1 provides an historical perspective which I find valuable. It leads to a classification of design problems that are distinct and they show how they arose in very different contexts. They do a good job of setting the stage for the remaining chapters. The categories are (1)Treatment Comparisons (the traditional agricultural experiment), (2) Variable Screening, (3) Response Surface Exploration, (4) System Optimization and (5) System Robustness. Although the theory of optimal designs is not covered in detail, the role of optimal designs is mentioned as is the early work of Kiefer (section 4.4.2)and reference to the recent book by Pukelsheim is given. In Chapter 4 on fractional factorial experiments at two levels, concepts of resolution and aberration are clearly explained. I think it helps that the authors make these concepts concrete through the illustrative examples. I have often looked at standard design texts and found myself confused about the distinction between resolution III, IV and V designs. There are several features that set this book apart from other books on design of experiments. Some attention is given to the one-factor-at-a-time approach. Most books ignore this commonly used approach and its many drawbacks. The authors explain its four main disadvantages and illustrate the problem with a design example. In my experience in industry, many engineers are not trained well in statistics and although it may seem clear to statisticians that one-at-a-time approaches overlook interactions or dependencies between variables, the engineers often do not. They see this approach as a way to simplify their search for the best operating conditions. I published an article in the mathematical modeling literature that also was intended to demonstrate the value of statistical design methods over the one-at-a-time approach. Latin square and Graeco-Latin Squares are covered as well as the more common factorial and fractional factorial designs. They also cover randomized blocks and balanced incomplete blocks. The concept of pairing (blocking) is well illustrated with a particular analysis of variance done both with and without pairing. Underlying assumptions are brought out and never hidden. The principles that are the basis for selection of fractional factorial designs are made explcit. Practical nonregular designs including the popular Plackett-Burman designs are well covered. Chapter 10 provides the basis and motivation for robust parameter designs. It also includes a discussion of the signal-to-noise ratio approach of Taguchi and describes some of its weaknesses. Chapter 11 looks at various performance measures for robust parameter design and compares several designs with respect to these parameters. In the early chapters, the analysis of variance is presented clearly with all the required assumptions. Multiple comparison methods are discussed. Good references, both recent and old, are provided on each topic. My only disappointment was the omission of the recent resampling approaches to p-value adjustment due primarily to Westfall and Young. Another interesting and unique aspect of the book is the presentation of Bayesian variable selection strategies. This introduces much of the interesting new work in Bayesian methods using the Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods. Chapters 12 and 13 cover topics you will not find in other experimental design books. Chapter 12 deals with experiments to improve reliability and 13 with nonnormal data. Use of generalized linear models and transformation of variables is well covered in the book. This book is a worthy sequel to Box, Hunter and Hunter. It is a great introductory book for experimental design courses and a great reference source for scientists, engineers and statisticians. It is already gaining in popularity.
A classic book on experimental design This book devotes more than half of its chapters to cover the rapid new developement in past two decades that was not ready to be coverd by BHH back in 1978. First four chapters cover the same classic designs in BHH. Chapter 5 discusses in detail on three level factorial designs which is very useful but was not covered by BHH. Chapter 6 lists useful mixed level designs. Chapters 7 and 8 explain design and analysis of Platt-Burman and other irregular designs. Chapter 9 is on response surface design. Chapters 10 and 11 are devoted to Robust designs, better known as Taguchi method. Chapter 12 is specific on reliability study using experimental design. Chapter 13 wraps up the book with a nice discussion on how to deal with non-normal responses in an experiment. The book is full of data from real experiments. There are on average 7-8 in each chapter. For practioners, there are hundreds of designs tabled after each chapter. The authors explain the strategy of designing experiments and doing data analysis very clearly through examples. There are also pletty of exercise problems after each chapter. It could be used as a textbook for two semester experimental design courses. The authors did not try to cover everything but rather stay focused. For example, optimal designs are left out from the book. Most of the data analysis method in the book requires to be done using statistics softwares but you couldn't find a single computer command in the book. Maybe in the future, we will have SAS books, S+ books, and Minitab books to go along with this book. At this moment, the software developers have to catch on. ... Read more |
132. Probability, Random Variables and Stochastic Processes with Errata Sheet by Athanasios Papoulis, S. Unnikrishna Pillai | |
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Papoulis is Useful
Too elementary Did I already mention this is an easy book? I don't see why the other reviewers complain it is hard, it must be due to their low IQ, so I wouldn't worry about their comments too much. These engineers want the answer ready to copy down on their homework sheets, this book almost gives you the answer if you're able to do changes variables etc., although this is sometime a difficult task for freshman engineers.
Not easy but worth the effort
Not a good textbook
Plenty Of Examples. Great Detail |
133. Hierarchical Linear Models : Applications and Data Analysis Methods (Advanced Quantitative Techniques in the Social Sciences) by Stephen W. Raudenbush, Anthony S. Bryk | |
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Book Description "This is a first-class book dealing with one of the most important areas of current research in applied statistics…the methods described are widely applicable…the standard of exposition is extremely high." "The new chapters (10-14) improve an already excellent resource for research and instruction. Their content expands the coverage of the book to include models for discrete level-1 outcomes, non-nested level-2 units, incomplete data, and measurement error---all vital topics in contemporary social statistics. In the tradition of the first edition, they are clearly written and make good use of interesting substantive examples to illustrate the methods. Advanced graduate students and social researchers will find the expanded edition immediately useful and pertinent to their research." "Chapter 11 was also exciting reading and shows the versatility of the mixed model with the EM algorithm. There was a new revelation on practically every page. I found the exposition to be extremely clear. It was like being led from one treasure room to another, and all of the gems are inherently useful. These are problems that researchers face everyday, and this chapter gives us an excellent alternative to how we have traditionally handled these problems." Popular in the first edition for its rich, illustrative examples and lucid explanations of the theory and use of hierarchical linear models (HLM), the book has been reorganized into four parts with four completely new chapters. The first two parts, Part I on "The Logic of Hierarchical Linear Modeling" and Part II on "Basic Applications" closely parallel the first nine chapters of the previous edition with significant expansions and technical clarifications, such as: * An intuitive introductory summary of the basic procedures for estimation and inference used with HLM models that only requires a minimal level of mathematical sophistication in Chapter 3 While the first edition confined its attention to continuously distributed outcomes at level 1, this second edition now includes coverage of an array of outcomes types in Part III: * New Chapter 10 considers applications of hierarchical models in the case of binary outcomes, counted data, ordered categories, and multinomial outcomes using detailed examples to illustrate each case The authors conclude in Part IV with the statistical theory and computations used throughout the book, including univariate models with normal level-1 errors, multivariate linear models, and hierarchical generalized linear models. Reviews (1)
Useful, but need solid background in stats The book also illustrates the essential development of non-trivial computer programs to perform the gruntwork. You will need a solid background in statistics to find this book useful. At a minimum, a year of statistics at the undergraduate level. ... Read more |
134. SPSS 12.0 Guide to Data Analysis by Marija Norusis | |
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very nicely done! |
135. Mathematical Statistics with Applications by Dennis Wackerly, William Mendenhall, Richard L. Scheaffer | |
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Solid Presentation But Lacking Concision When I begin to read a chapter, I tend to get frustrated and impatient because they either try to show you all the subtleties at once or give you a long-ass paragraph that can be said with one sentence. Thus, The most important stuff is buried in a mountain of over-whelming text. I have ditched this book in favor of Ghahramani's "Fundamentals of Probability, Second Edition" for my Math Stat I class.
Best statistics book for econometricians
Worst stat book ever I hope that any teacher reads this, and looks at the book before assigning it to a class. There are very few examples of problems, very little discussion of theory, and it is structured in a way that does not allow you to easily reference other texts. If you want a good text for challenging problems and relevant examples, try Hogg and Tanis.
A great book!
Three standard deviations from the mean... |
136. Elementary Algebra: Concepts and Applications (6th Edition) by Marvin L. Bittinger, David J. Ellenbogen | |
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Easy - Simple - Plain |
137. A Brief History of Time : The Updated and Expanded Tenth Anniversary Edition by STEPHEN HAWKING | |
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Book Description Now a decade later, this edition updates the chapters throughout to document those advances, and also includes an entirely new chapter on Wormholes and Time Travel and a new introduction. It make vividly clear why A Brief History of Time has transformed our view of the universe. ... Read more Reviews (281)
A classical predecessor of the Elegant Universe
Scientific Literacy Because of this profound effect science has on society, it is important for the general public to understand the ideas and development of science. Unfortunately, it becomes increasingly difficult to do so as science becomes more specialized and technical. Enter Stephen Hawking and 'A Brief History of Time.' The book is one of many great books that increase scientific literacy for ordinary people like me. Only someone who fully understands the basic concepts of theoretical physics could put it into clear and easy prose as Hawking does. He outlines the progress of theoretical physics and the theories that attempt to describe the universe, all in plain English. Hawking paints a picture of the universe--its beginning, its end, the direction of time, black holes-- with the wonder and curiosity of the child plus the style and confidence of a brilliant mind. One of the most brilliant minds in this century, as a matter of fact. The final sentence about knowing the mind of God--"the ultimate triumph of human reason"--reminded me of that timeless scene in the Bible where the serpent convinces Adam and Eve to eat the apple. Figuratively (*figuratively*) , that triumph is what we left Eden for. We have left Paradise for unknown horizons, for questions instead of answers, for a world of wonders. That quest is what A Brief History of Time is about. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
a marvel of a book Hawkings is truly a genius among geniuses.
Excellent Introduction for the Curious Mind
Hawking is succinct, even-handed, and even funny. First, it is a chronology of the various important scientists and discoveries over the centuries, all leading to where we are now. Second, it explains, between the beginner and intermediate levels, an understanding of concepts such as black holes, worm holes, the beginning and potential end of time, particles and waves, quantum mechanics, and other issues in science. Third, it is almost an autobiography of Dr. Hawking's scientific life. He interjects wonderful bits of humor and explains the concepts carefully and as simply as he can. He is also respectful of religion, briefly interjecting his ideas about how religion does not have to be incompatible with the rapidly expanding ideas of science, and that religion should embrace science more. One part I found humorous was his explanation of a bet he lost with a colleague (he seems to have a lot of long-standing bets going). He owned up to being wrong, and paid the penalty, which was a "one-year subscription to Penthouse, to the outrage of [his colleague's] liberated wife." This book is for physics experts as well as people who know nothing about science and just want to learn some of the basic concepts. Like the universe, expand your mind. ... Read more |
138. Elementary and Intermediate Algebra : Graphs and Models (2nd Edition) by Marvin L. Bittinger, David J. Ellenbogen, Barbara L. Johnson | |
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139. Discrete Mathematics (5th Edition) by Richard Johnsonbaugh | |
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Book Description This best-selling book provides an accessible introduction to discretemathematics through an algorithmic approach that focuses on problem-solving techniques. This edition has the techniques of proofs woven into the text as a running theme and each chapter has the problem-solving corner. The text provides complete coverage of: Logic and Proofs; Algorithms; Counting Methods and the Pigeonhole Principle; Recurrence Relations; Graph Theory; Trees; Network Models; Boolean Algebra and Combinatorial Circuits; Automata, Grammars, and Languages; Computational Geometry. For individuals interested in mastering introductory discrete mathematics. ... Read more Reviews (33)
Par Exposition and Expensive I'm currently trying to solve some of the more interesting problems in the book from each chapter. I must say though, some problems are INCREDIBLY challenging. I've been through many instances where I've required outside help to solve some problems. Conclusion: I don't recommend buying this book. It's too expensive and its exposition of the subject is at most average.
Nasty
Why? This is, without a doubt, the WORST textbook I have EVER encountered -- in any subject. It might qualify as the worst textbook OF ALL TIME. Yes, it's really that horrible. It's verbose. It's dull. Many of the examples are longer than necessary (and more than occasionally, misleading). Like many texts on this topic, it features Solutions to Selected Exercises in the back, but what's the point in displaying the final answer to an involved problem if you don't demonstrate how you arrived at it? If you're going to print an answer, PLEASE provide us with the COMPLETE answer. I have searched (largely in vain) for another text or two to use as study aids. If you're thinking about Schaum's, hang onto your money (Note to Schaum's: Why publish a separate book of "Solved Problems" if you're merely recycling the same examples from the Outlines book?). Susanna S. Epp's textbook is much better in most places -- most notably the section on graphs. Bottom line: if your school adopts Johnsonbaugh as the required text for your course, hang onto your money and rely on your lecture notes. This book is a waste of trees.
This book is as worthless as it is expensive There is no clear line of exposition in this book. Knowing what it should be about, it is repulsive to see how unstructured the content is, and how truly beautiful mathematics is made ugly beyond recognition. There exist far more insightful and shorter proofs than many of thosegiven here. Instead of developing a choice of key topics cleanly, transparently, and in detail, a large collection of loosely related facts are glued together in a supremely uninspired way. Some topics which are far too advanced for this level of exposition are mentioned over several pages, withoutany rigorous treatment, of course, while many important topics are left away that could have been included. The elegance quotient of this book is zero. Students should learn how to present a proof. They should learn to pin down the key ideas, and to write a proof in the clearest and most transparent language as possible. Whoever takes this text as her/his stylistic guide will do her/himself great harm. I am a research mathematician. It is my job to know precisely what good mathematics looks like, and also to know when something smells really bad. Believe me, this one smells beyond rotten. There are beautiful treatises on the same material on the internet, and one may also look at a small book for roughly 10 $ by Balakrishnan, from Dover publishers (available on Amazon, "Introductory discr math"). It doesn't contain as much material, but is so much more worth the money. A diligently made choice of topics is presented in clear, concise words that are to the point. There is also the book by Laszlo Lovasz, a master of the field. The clarity, inspiration and transparence of the exposition is absolutely exemplary. The paperback version costs around 35$ on Amazon. If you read those texts, you will understandwhat Johnsonbaugh is trying to put into clumsy words, illiterate proofs, boring examples, and silly pictures. What really hurts me is to see students, some of whom are not rich, paying 100 $ for this convoluted mess. My main message to every student using Mr. Johnsonbaugh's oeuvre is: If you don't understand this mess, it may be because you have mathematical talent. Go and look for a better, cheaper text. Save your time, it's not worth trying to figure out what the author intends to say.
Ugh. |
140. Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists (7th Edition) by Ronald E. Walpole, Raymond H. Myers, Sharon L. Myers, Keying Ye, Keying Yee | |
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Good book for those who know what they're doing
Worked a lot better for me than the others
Buy Hayter instead
This is not a great book...
This is a difficult book from which to teach yourself This book lacks sufficient examples and the definitions and explanations of theorems are confusing. To its credit, it has odd answers in the back, but that's standard for math books. However, it lacks any answers to the review exercises at the end of each chapter, making the review exercises nearly worthless. ... Read more |
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