## Why Another Probability Textbook?## Data Science = Probability + ProgrammingAs I write the book, I do a fairly exhaustive search of the available textbooks on this subject. From what I see from the tsunami of data science books, there are essentially two categories: The first type of books are written for The other type of books are the classical probability textbooks written for
Why should we learn probability? How can flipping a coin be useful in modern data science? Why is correlation the expectation of a product of random variables? Why does the Gaussian have a bell shape? How to fit data with a line? How to tell whether a change is statistically significant?
When you look at the two ends of this spectrum, I hope you can see the gap — We need a book that balances the theory and practice. We need a book that
provides ## Unique features of this bookBroad coverage from classical probability theory to modern data analytic techniques Geometric and pictorial explanations of concepts Tight integration with MATLAB / Python Practical applications in machine learning
## Brief history of this bookI joined Purdue University in 2014 as an assistant professor of ECE and Statistics. On the first day I walked into the classroom, I started to teach the undergraduate probability class. Over the years, the course has been constantly improving and the collection of the materials is expanding. With the additional opportunities to create and teach several other courses, I decided to put the materials together into the textbook. Therefore, the book is the reflection of several courses I have been teaching: ECE 20875 (was ECE 295) Introduction to Data Science with Python (Sophomore) ECE 302 Probabilistic Methods for Electrical and Computer Engineering (Junior-Senior) ECE 595ML Machine Learning (Graduate) ECE 645 Estimation Theory (Graduate)
## Why free textbooks?This book is Some people ask how much money I can make from this book. The answer is ZERO. There is not a single penny that goes to my pocket. Why do I do that? Textbooks today are just ridiculously expensive. Below is a news article published in 2015. I want to slow down the trend. Education should be accessible to as many people as possible, especially to those underpreviledged families. To accomplish this goal I have minimized all expensive editorial and marketing services. So I need your help to promote the book and tell me if you see an editorial error. |