IEEE Computer Volume 12 Number 9 -- BOOK REVIEWS
Original Publication Date: 1979-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-11
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Dr. Francis P. Mathur: AUTHOR [+3]
BOOK REVIEWS * B79-11 Take A Chance With Your Calculator: Probability Problems for Programmable Calculators -- L. Rade, (Forest Grove, Oregon: Dilithium Press, 1977, 163 pp., $8.95, paperback).
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B79-11 Take A Chance With Your Calculator: Probability Problems for Programmable Calculators -- L. Rade, (Forest Grove, Oregon: Dilithium Press, 1977, 163 pp., $8.95, paperback).
The author's stated goal is to introduce the use of a programmable calculator in the study of probability and statistics. The reader need not have a background in probability or statistics. Although access to a programmable calculator is required, expertise in programming is not.
The book is divided into three parts. Most of the 143 exercises in Part One involve the simulation of a random experiment, using a programmable calculator. They are well- chosen, carefully organized, and often accompanied by figures. The exercise categories include random digits, testing a random digit generator, tossing dice, simulating spinners, probability problems, building and destroying towers, tower games, runs and other patterns, random walks, and statistical applications. A sequence of problems often embodies the same principle, moving from a specific case to variations of approaches and a generalization. Once a principle has been explained, the author adroitly introduces new principles and expands those already presented, providing the reader with direction and motivation for selfstudy.
Part Two comments on selected exercises or sequences of exercises appearing in Part One. The commentaries include programming hints, historical anecdotes, and references, and often give a mathematical analysis of the random experiment simulated in the exercise, encouraging the reader to compare the results of the simulated experiment with those of analysis. The re...