Probability and Computing

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An excellent introduction to the probabilistic techniques and paradigms used in the development of probabilistic algorithms and analyses.


Preface; 1. Events and probability; 2. Discrete random variables and expectation; 3. Moments and deviations; 4. Chernoff bounds; 5. Balls, bins and random graphs; 6. The probabilistic method; 7. Markov chains and random walks; 8. Continuous distributions and the Poisson process; 9. Entropy, randomness and information; 10. The Monte Carlo method; 11. Coupling of Markov chains; 12. Martingales; 13. Pairwise independence and universal hash functions; 14. Balanced allocations; References.


Michael Miztenmacher is a John L. Loeb Associate Professor in Computer Science at Harvard University. Having written nearly 100 articles on a variety of topics in computer science, his research focuses on randomized algorithms and networks. He has received an NSF CAREER Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2002, he shared the IEEE Information Theory Society Best Paper Award for his work on error-correcting codes. Eli Upfal is Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Brown University. He has published more than 100 papers in refereed journals and professional conferences, and is the inventor of more than ten patents. His main research interests are randomized computation and probabilistic analysis of algorithms, with applications to optimization algorithms, communication networks, parallel and distributed computing and computational biology.


'This text provides a solid background in probabilistic techniques, illustrating each with well-chosen examples. The explanations are clear, and convey the intuition behind the results and techniques, yet the coverage is rigorous. An excellent advanced undergraduate text.' Peter Bartlett, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley 'This book is suitable as a text for upper division undergraduates and first year graduate students in computer science and related disciplines. It will also be useful as a reference for researchers who would like to incorporate these tools into their work. I enjoyed teaching from the book and highly recommend it.' Valerie King, Professor of Computer Science, University of Victoria, British Columbia 'Buy it, read it, enjoy it; profit from it. it feels as if it has been well tested out of students and will work straight away.' Colin Cooper, Department of computer Science, King's College, University of London 'An exciting new book on randomized algorithms. It nicely covers all the basics, and also has some interesting modern applications for the more advanced student.' Alan Frieze, professor of Mathematics, Carnegie-Mellon University ' ... very well written and contains useful material on probability theory and its application in computer science.' Zentralblatt MATH ' ... this book offers a very good introduction to randomised algorithms and probabilistic analysis, both for the lecturer and independent reader alike. it is also a good book for those wanting practical examples that can be applied to real world problems.' Mathematics Today
EAN: 9780521835404
ISBN: 0521835402
Untertitel: Randomized Algorithms and Probabilistic Analysis. 50 diagrams, 80 exercises. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Pr.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2005
Seitenanzahl: 352 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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