John G. Truxal
SUNY at Stony Brook
The use of probability is important in a wide variety of problems: e.g.,
assessment of the quality of a manufacturing operation, evaluation of
the risk associated with a technological change, or determination of the
best decisions when options are available.
In this monograph, the author has collected a number of examples and
added mini-case studies which have proved successful in the college
classroom. The text presumes no previous knowledge of probability or
advanced mathematics. These examples are dividcd into two broad
(1) Probability -- basic concepts and simple examples illustrating these
(2) Decision Problems -- where the probabilistic concepts are applied to
This volume includes several examples from epidemiology
and other examples of social interest. All of the mathematics is
probability in an applied setting.