Math Book Recommendations?

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Hey all,

Deciding to refresh my math knowledge. Looking for text book recommendations for refreshers on Statistics and Calculus.

Anyone have any recommendations for solid text books that are user friendly to go through on your own time?

Thanks,

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Jun 1, 2010

"Calculus" by James Stewart is among the most popular book for undergrads. I often pull it out for reference on certain stuff. As for stats, just find review materials online for free as there should be plenty.

Jun 1, 2010

A first course in probability by Sheldon Ross

Jun 1, 2010

^ sheldon ross. good book, but not much on statistical inference.

Jun 1, 2010

^Thanks. It's more of a book about probability which is a pre-req for statistics. In the end it also touches a bit of stochastic processes.

Jun 1, 2010

^ i had it for my first probability class. i definitely recommend going through it (leave stochastic processes, etc. out) before you go toward statistics. i think a good math major would be designed to teach you quite a bit of probability before approaching statistics...this way you can derive distributions, among other things. so, for instance, instead of being told the formula for some specific kind of confidence interval (say one based on the normal distribution), you can derive it. i think that's the way to go if you really want to know the topic thoroughly. if you just want some working knowledge, i suppose you could just as well start with some business statistics book.

Jun 1, 2010

first, before even thinking about looking into stochastic process, make sure you have the basic fundamentals of linear algebra, probability, and differential equations down. then look into it.

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Jun 1, 2010

If you want to go the financial engineering route, Bertsekas' probability book is quite good. Follow that up with Shreve's financial engineering discrete time methods and follow that by his continuous time methods.
What kind of calc are you wanting to learn? Sounds like you've done the standard and diff eq. PDE's? Non-linear diff eqs?

Jun 1, 2010

Wikipedia is a wonderful place to start

Jun 1, 2010
Blackacre22:

Wasn't a math major in college and looking for book recommendations on statistics and probability. Preferably not a textbook...something that can be used for a basic understanding.

Thanks in advance.

The "Schaum's" books are a very good place to start.

Jun 1, 2010

Stochastic calculus for finance volume II.

Jun 1, 2010

read vol I first.. vol II is a bitch if you haven't done analysis.. or PWOQF..

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Jun 1, 2010

Vol 1 doesn't have any discussion about continuous time processes though, which is what the OP is really interested in. But yeah, I guess it is good advice to read v1 first.

Jun 1, 2010
manbearpig:

Vol 1 doesn't have any discussion about continuous time processes though, which is what the OP is really interested in. But yeah, I guess it is good advice to read v1 first.

thats true.. vol I is discrete time..

continuous time is a real pain tho..

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Jun 1, 2010

Must be pretty easy for you though Mr. Simons =P

Jun 1, 2010
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