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  1. #1 Teach Myself Probability 
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    Anybody have a good resource for me to tech myself probability? My set theory, calculus, and discrete mathematics are a bit rusty, but I'm sure I'll muddle through if I can take my time.


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    "Introduction to probability models" by Sheldon M. Ross was the reference text used when i took two undergraduate level units in statistical modelling. However only the first three chapters focus on probability theory, the rest are related to modelling various processes using probability theory. (random walks, queuing, births/deaths etc.) I thought it was pretty good.


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    That sounds like fun actually. I do like the models. And also your tai chi pill-shaped avatar. Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshuaL View Post
    That sounds like fun actually. I do like the models. And also your tai chi pill-shaped avatar. Cheers!
    The avatar is rather hypnotic. Another thing you could do is look at the contents of similar books to see what topics they cover, and the order in which they're covered, this can help when just looking around on the internet. (not very helpful if you're looking for exercises to practice on however)
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    I had an excellent book that explored statistical analysis using Excel, which had large sections devoted to probability. I found it very useful for the aspects I was looking for at the time. I'm out of the country at the moment, but when I get back next week I'll see if I can dig it out. This was ten years ago, but I am hopeful that the author will have produced newer editions.
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    Nice. I look forward to it! I love me some pen and paper, but Excel can also be good fun. Especially at work.
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