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The Theory of Measures and Integration
The Theory of Measures and Integration
by Eric M. Vestrup
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 219.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Standard for Measure Theory Books, July 13 2004
This is a fantastic book on measure theory. The focus is on measure theory on its own right and not on probability. I was lucky to come across this book while canvassing the measure theory books at our library. I looked at the books by Billingsley, Halmos, Chung, Resnick, Rao, Rudin, Pollard, Dudley, Nielson, Stroock, Williams, Pitt, and many others. Hand-down, Vestrup is the best.
I believe after scrutinizing so many books, I have a very good baseline to judge Vestrup's work. Here are a few specific reasons:
(1) If you don't like detail and revel in banging your head against the walls to figure out the skipped details in Billingsley, this is not the book for you. But If you are a first timer to measure theory, this is as good as it will get; All the major results of measure theory are presented in detailed and clear manner with few skipped details and few not-so-obvious "it is obvious" remarks.
(2) Vestrup has a lot of exercises with lots of helpful hints. Some problems at first appear to be long and intimidating till you look closely and discover that Vestrup leads you through the problems with his hints.
(3) Certain topics central to understanding of measure theory were given cursory coverage by most of the books mentioned above. Not Vestrup. For example, Vestrup devotes a whole chapter to extensions. This is just one example of many central ideas Vestrup develops meticulously and painstakingly.
This book is fairly new and I think its popularity will grow as more students and professionals discover it. I suppose the only criticism I have is that the typesetting can be improved (second edition maybe?)
There are a few other good books (Ash, Bartle, and Royden) that are out there that you may consider but again Vestrup trumps them all. Whatever you decide on, I strongly warn against using Billingsley.

Time Series Analysis and Its Applications
Time Series Analysis and Its Applications
by Robert H. Shumway
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst time series book you'll ever pick up!, Feb. 27 2003
I am writing this review from a perspective of a graduate student taking a statistical time series class for the first time. Below you'll see a lot of good review of the book. But the question you should ask is how many of these reviewers used this book for their first time series classes?
Despite the claims of the authors, this is not a book for the beginners. It requires quite a bit of mathematical maturity and an in-depth knowledge of statistical methods. Here's a summary:
Disadvantages of the book:
1. It is a difficult and frustrating read.
2. Development of difference equations (fundamental tool in analyses of time series) is scattered everywhere and weak at best.
3. The material is not presented in a cohesive manner.
4. The author constantly relegates important theorems to the end of the chapter sections (which supposedly could be skipped on the first reading) and refers to these theorems in subsequent sections.
5. This book contains lots of typos.
6. Important results that must be discussed within the text material are left as exercises.
7. The notation is strange. Example: A random variable is universally represented by a capital letter such as an X. Author uses lower case letters to represent random variables.
8. The coverage of frequency domain is appalling. The author does a ghastly job of introducing Fourier Series and Transform. An entire chapter (chapter 3) is on frequency domain analysis. The question after reading the chapter is: so what???
9. No solutions or hints are provided so this book is practically useless for self-study.
1. It covers some recent developments in time series.
2. Its associated website has some decent data and S code.
3. It has a nice book cover.
There are plenty of other books better, or I should say much superior to this useless book:
1. Time Series Analysis by Hamilton
2. Introduction to Time Series and Forecasting by Brockwell
3. Applied Econometric Time Series by Enders (A bit outdated but very readable)
4. Analysis of Time Series by Chatfield (Lower level but a good book)
Conclusion: There are lots of other alternatives. This is a horrible book. It may be popular but I believe its popularity is due to good marketing and possibly good connections the authors may have.

Irangeles: Iranians in Los Angeles
Irangeles: Iranians in Los Angeles
by Ron Kelley
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pictures are accurate, Oct. 3 2000
I totally disagree with the authors of the last two reviews. I am an Iranian. I have visited LA and I have witnessed the tackiness that our people display in LA. I am not an anti-westerner but it is so unfortunate that we come to this country and some of us succumb to the plastic and the artificial side of the Western culture. I believe the book does accurately represent the Iranian people in LA. However, the book is not a representation of Iranians outside LA. Most Iranians living outside LA are pretty down to earth folks.
Buy the book and see how not to lose yourself completely to the tacky elements of the western culture.

How The Mind Works
How The Mind Works
by Steven Pinker
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A mumbo jumbo of neurology, psychology, and philosophy, Dec 23 1997
This review is from: How The Mind Works (Hardcover)
The book is unnecessarily involved and sometimes incomprehensible. Dr. Pinker makes too many references to too many people with too many ideas. That would normally be fine but he miserably fails to connect all the ideas in a cohesive manner. Don't waste your time and money on this one!!! It's too bad because Dr. Pinker is obviously a very intelligent individual.

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