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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a readable math book!
It covers fundamentals well, easy to read, good variety of problems, nice examples, philosophic sections are interesting. It has everything. I've never seen a probability book with such good examples and algorithms of solving. Most books on probability give you all of the equations, but they don't really tell you how to apply them to real situations. It is the book on...
Published on 4 July 2006 by BenT

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating primer in combinations and permutations
The subtitle 'Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with applications in games of Chance and Everyday Life' sums up the book well. 'Calculus' in the sense of 'calculation' - there is no calculus in the book.
I have worked through the book and have the following comments:
It is a translation, and would have benefited from a good proof...
Published on 26 July 2010 by Roddie Rankin


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A stimulating primer in combinations and permutations, 26 July 2010
This review is from: UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATING THE ODDS: Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with Applications in Games of Chance and Everyday Life (Paperback)
The subtitle 'Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with applications in games of Chance and Everyday Life' sums up the book well. 'Calculus' in the sense of 'calculation' - there is no calculus in the book.
I have worked through the book and have the following comments:
It is a translation, and would have benefited from a good proof reader. There are a few howlers, but these are bizarrely mostly on the cover or in the introduction. The substance of the text is fine, with very few exceptions.
It is not a text on general probability theory. The basics are stated, but almost all the examples are in combinations and permutations. There is little on conditional probability. If a general text is required in the subject I'd recommend Henk Tijms' Understanding Probability.
There are loads of stimulating examples, especially from Texas Hold'em Poker. Working through the examples will give a good grounding in combinations, the inclusion-exclusion principle and in the various probability schemes (Bernoulli, non-returned ball etc.). In the more challenging problems, arriving at the answer by more than one technique, and by a different, perhaps simpler, route than Barboianu uses, is very satisfying.
My main criticism of the book is that there are numerous errors in the calculations, so that the interest in several problems is finding out where Barboianu makes the mistake! For example watch out for this in the challenging problems on p259ff, 279.
Despite the faults I benefitted from the book greatly and thought that it laid out the basics in an accessible way, and gave step by step procedures for problem solving.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What are the odds I was suckered?, 22 May 2008
This review is from: UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATING THE ODDS: Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with Applications in Games of Chance and Everyday Life (Paperback)
"Every one of us uses the word 'probable' few times a day in common speech when referring to the possiblility of a certain event happening." is the very first sentence of this book. You think there is a typo because it would make more sense if it said "...'probable' a few times..." - but Mr Barboianu continues as he starts out: the whole book is written in very bad English. So, unless you are already familiar with the material, you are almost guaranteed not to learn. I notice the glowing reviews by BenT and D.Stev are also written in dodgy English - what are the odds on that?
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a readable math book!, 4 July 2006
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This review is from: UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATING THE ODDS: Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with Applications in Games of Chance and Everyday Life (Paperback)
It covers fundamentals well, easy to read, good variety of problems, nice examples, philosophic sections are interesting. It has everything. I've never seen a probability book with such good examples and algorithms of solving. Most books on probability give you all of the equations, but they don't really tell you how to apply them to real situations. It is the book on probability that I have been looking for. Great.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book ever, 4 May 2010
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This review is from: UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATING THE ODDS: Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with Applications in Games of Chance and Everyday Life (Paperback)
This book is the worst book ever. Full stop. I totally agree with one of the reviewer that said it is poorly written and composed.
The writer attached (with cut and paste) many theorems on probability and pretended to create a book. It is not a book, it is a repository of "things" aggregated in random way.

Never ever a person can learn from this book.

The level of English is so bad that it is difficult to understand what the author wants to communicate.

Pay attention.
It's likely that the 2 5-stars comments are coming from the author only.

Keep away.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent primer and not only, 2 July 2006
This review is from: UNDERSTANDING AND CALCULATING THE ODDS: Probability Theory Basics and Calculus Guide for Beginners, with Applications in Games of Chance and Everyday Life (Paperback)
This is the book to start with and to finish with. In this big book (in size and amount of information) you will find all you need to know about both theoretical and applied probability. The author made the text comprehensible for all categories of readers: laymen, students and advanced. And the result is a masterly exposition with amazing clarity. I read a lot of textbooks on this subject, but I found no one to touch on all basic issues in such a teachable manner. Each subject has a short, concise and to the point exposition. Great job and a very useful product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 5 Dec. 2014
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