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Barcode printerscredit card readers, or any other type of machine always have a margin of error. That is just one of the many things that probability theory can be used to predict. The following is a collection of links related to probability, research abstracts, listservers, newsgroups, noteworthy people, jobs, journals, software, noteworthy books, booksellers, conferences, and publishers.

Probability Links



  • SIPTA Mailing List: Hosted by the Society for Imprecise Probability: Theories and Applications (SIPTA).
  • IMS Mailing List: Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS); many different mailing lists to subscribe to, including lists focused on probability.
  • IASC Mailing List: Hosted by the International Association for Statistical Computer (IASC), a section of the International Statistical Institute.
  • UK Nonlinear News: Instructions on how to subscribe to UK Nonlinear News mailing list; news on theoretical and applied nonlinear mathematics.
  • Time Series Mailing List: Mailing list to discuss mathematics.
  • Allstat Mailing List: Temporarily down but still able to subscribe; a UK-based worldwide mailing list for the statistical community.


Noteworthy People

  • Blaise Pascal: Along with Pierre de Fermat, created a mathematical theory of probability in response to gambling.
  • Pierre de Fermat: Along with Blaise Pascal, created a mathematical theory of probability in response to gambling.
  • Christian Huygens: Published the first book on probability
  • Jacob Bernoulli: Developed the Law of Large Numbers
  • Abraham de Moivre: Developed normal distribution
  • Pierre-Simon Laplace: Published a book applying probability to scientific and practical problems.
  • Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov: Outlined an axiomatic approach in Foundations of Probability Theory that formed the basis for modern probability theory.
  • People in Probability: A compilation of websites to individuals involved in probability.


  • Statistician: Job description and activities of a statistician with links to more information, including salary, requirements, and advancement opportunities.
  • Mathematician: Includes data on the nature of the work of a mathematician, training, requirements, advancement, earnings, along with other relevant information.
  • Careers Involving Probability and Statistics: A list of various professions that involve probability and statistics but are not always associated with those fields, such as epidemiology and atmospheric science.
  • Employment Information in the Mathematical Sciences (EIMS): Lists mathematical job opportunities and is maintained by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).


  • Electronic Journal of Probability (EJP): A sister journal of the ECP, as well as an official journal of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Bernoulli Society; publishes full-length research articles on probability theory.
  • Theory of Probability and its Applications: A translation of a Russian journal; has research papers on theoretical and applied probability, statistics, and the stochastic processes.
  • Annals of Probability: Research papers on modern probability theory, focusing on its relations to other areas of mathematics and its application to other fields of science.
  • Probability: A collection of the current month’s articles on theoretical and applied probability and stochastic processes.
  • Probability and Statistics Journals: A collection of links to various probability and statistics journals.


  • TeX: A collection of assorted links to the program TeX, which is considered the best software for typing complex mathematical equations.
  • VassarStats: Various statistical calculators.
  • R: A software for statistical computation and generation of tables and graphs.
  • Statistical Reference Datasets: Improves the accuracy of statistical software with reference datasets.
  • netlib: A search engine for mathematical software, data, documents, address lists, and other useful items.
  • Math Archives: Windows/MSDos software collection for probability.
  • StatLib: Data, software, and new from the statistics community.

Noteworthy Books




  • Harvard University Press: Publishes books and journals from a variety of subjects, including probability.
  • The Johns Hopkins University Press: Publishes and distributes books, journals, and online collections.
  • The MIT Press: Publishes scholarly journals and books of many academic fields, including probability theory.
  • Princeton University Press: Separate from Princeton University but still maintaining close ties with the university, it publishes journals and books with various subjects, including probability and statistics.
  • Cambridge University Press: The oldest printer and publisher in the world, it publishes academic and educational writings from around the world.