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Reference Data for Engineers, 9th Edition by Wendy M. Middleton, Mac E. Van Valkenburg

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44 Probability and Statistics

Surendra M. Gupta

INTRODUCTION

Probability and statistics concepts have very useful applications in science and engineering. This chapter briefly introduces some of the important concepts of probability and statistics.

In probabilistic modeling one often refers to a random experiment, which represents an experiment that can be repeated time and again under similar circumstances, but which yields unpredictable results at each trial. For example, tossing a die is a random experiment where the result is a number from the sample space {1, ...

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