Introduction to Probability

Graphic showing the connections between probability theory, inference and statistics, and the real world.

The role of probability theory is to provide a framework for analyzing phenomena with uncertain outcomes. (Image by John Tsitsiklis.)


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The tools of probability theory, and of the related field of statistical inference, are the keys for being able to analyze and make sense of data. These tools underlie important advances in many fields, from the basic sciences to engineering and management.

This resource is a companion site to 6.041SC Probabilistic Systems Analysis and Applied Probability. It covers the same content, using videos developed for an edX version of the course.

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John Tsitsiklis, and Patrick Jaillet. RES.6-012 Introduction to Probability. Spring 2018. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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