Book:Michael A. Bean/Probability: The Science of Uncertainty

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Michael A. Bean: Probability: The Science of Uncertainty

Published $2001$, Thomson Brooks/Cole

ISBN 978-0-8218-4792-3.


Subject Matter


Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 What Is Probability?
1.2 How Is Uncertainty Quantified?
1.3 Probability in Engineering and the Sciences
1.4 What Is Actuarial Science?
1.5 What Is Financial Engineering?
1.6 Interpretations of Probability
1.7 Probability Modeling in Practice
1.8 Outline of This Book
1.9 Chapter Summary
1.10 Further Reading
1.11 Exercises
2 A Survey of Some Basic Concepts Through Examples
2.1 Payoff in a Simple Game
2.2 Choosing Between Payoffs
2.3 Future Lifetimes
2.4 Simple and Compound Growth
2.5 Chapter Summary
2.6 Exercises
3 Classical Probability
3.1 The Formal Language of Classical Probability
3.2 Conditional Probability
3.3 The Law of Total Probability
3.4 Bayes' Theorem
3.5 Chapter Summary
3.6 Exercises
3.7 Appendix on Sets, Combinatorics, and Basic Probability Rules
4 Random Variables and Probability Distributions
4.1 Definitions and Basic Properties
4.1.1 What Is a Random Variable?
4.1.2 What Is a Probability Distribution?
4.1.3 Types of Distributions
4.1.4 Probability Mass Functions
4.1.5 Probability Density Functions
4.1.6 Mixed Distributions
4.1.7 Equality and Equivalence of Random Variables
4.1.8 Random Vectors and Bivariate Distribution
4.1.9 Dependence and Independence of Random Variables
4.1.10 The Law of Total Probability and Bayes' Theorem (Distributional Forms)
4.1.11 Arithmetic Operations on Random Variables
4.1.12 The Difference Between Sums and Mixtures
4.1.13 Exercises
4.2 Statistical Measures of Expectation, Variation, and Risk
4.2.1 Expectation
4.2.2 Deviation from Expectation
4.2.3 Higher Moments
4.2.4 Exercises
4.3 Alternative Ways of Specifying Probability Distributions
4.3.1 Moment and Cumulant Generating Functions
4.3.2 Survival and Hazard Functions
4.3.3 Exercises
4.4 Chapter Summary
4.5 Additional Exercises
4.6 Appendix on Generalized Density Functions (Optional)
5 Special Discrete Distributions
5.1 The Binomial Distribution
5.2 The Poisson Distribution
5.3 The Negative Binomial Distribution
5.4 The Geometric Distribution
5.5 Exercises
6 Special Continuous Distributions
6.1 Special Continuous Distributions for Modeling Uncertain Sizes
6.1.1 The Exponential Distribution
6.1.2 The Gamma Distribution
6.1.3 The Pareto Distribution
6.2 Special Continuous Distributions for Modeling Lifetimes
6.2.1 The Weibull Distribution
6.2.2 The DeMoivre Distribution
6.3 Other Special Distributions
6.3.1 The Normal Distribution
6.3.2 The Lognormal Distribution
6.3.3 The Beta Distribution
6.4 Exercises
7 Transformations of Random Variables
7.1 Determining the Distribution of a Transformed Random Variable
7.2 Expectation of a Transformed Random Variable
7.3 Insurance Contracts with Caps, Deductibles, and Coinsurance (Optional)
7.4 Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts (Optional)
7.5 Reliability of Systems with Multiple Components or Processes (Optional)
7.6 Trigonometric Transformations (Optional)
7.7 Exercises
8 Sums and Products of Random Variables
8.1 Techniques for Calculating the Distribution of a Sum
8.1.1 Using the Joint Density
8.1.2 Using the Law of Total Probability
8.1.3 Convolutions
8.2 Distributions of Products and Quotients
8.3 Expectations of Sums and Products
8.3.1 Formulas for the Expectation of a Sum or Product
8.3.2 The Cauchy-Schwarz Inequality
8.3.3 Covariance and Correlation
8.4 The Law of Large Numbers
8.4.1 Motivating Example: Premium Determination in Insurance
8.4.2 Statement and Proof of the Law
8.4.3 Some Misconceptions Surrounding the Law of Large Numbers
8.5 The Central Limit Theorem
8.6 Normal Power Approximations (Optional)
8.7 Exercises
9 Mixtures and Compound Distributions
9.1 Definitions and Basic Properties
9.2 Some Important Exampels of Mixtures Arising in Insurance
9.3 Mean and Variance of a Mixture
9.4 Moment Generating Functions of a Mixture
9.5 Compound Distributions
9.5.1 General Formulas
9.5.2 Special Compound Distributions
9.6 Exercises
10 The Markowitz Investment Portfolio Selection Model
10.1 Portfolios of Two Securities
10.2 Portfolios of Two Risky Securities and a Risk-Free Asset
10.3 Portfolio Selection with Many Securities
10.4 The Capital Asset Pricing Model
10.5 Further Reading
10.6 Exercises
Appendixes
A The Gamma Function
B The Incomplete Gamma Function
C The Beta Function
D The Incomplete Beta Function
E The Standard Normal Distribution
F Mathematica Commands for Generating the Graphs of Special Distributions
G Elementary Financial Mathematics
Answers to Selected Exercises
Index