Probability: A Fundamental Tool of Statistics

  • Glen McPherson
Part of the Springer Texts in Statistics book series (STS)


There is sometimes confusion over the distinction between probability and statistics. While both may use probabilistic models, one useful point of separation is in the purpose of the application. Probability is concerned with the characteristics of outcomes that are generated by a chosen model, whereas statistics is concerned with the characteristics of models that might have generated an observed outcome. In other words, they may be looking at the same experimental situation but from opposite directions.


Probability Distribution Sampling Distribution Independent Random Variable Joint Probability Distribution Discrete Random Variable 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen McPherson
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  1. 1.School of Mathematics and PhysicsThe University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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