A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, jAs I have to get back to reading this garbage I llust say it s a good thing my professor is good and explains the concepts well because if I had to rely on this book I would be in trouble I ve read many many textbooks this one is pretty bad "this e textbook does not match the the "e textbook does not match the the version as it is supposed to This makes following along with a syllabus a lot difficult Wish I could get my money back but I waited too long to check the content The non technical sections of this book are solid enough Peterson s explanations of the philosophical issues are generally clear and he usually does a good ob of explaining the assumptions behind some moves in decision theory as well as the reasons one might want to challenge those assumptions However the technical parts of the book are where the problems lie and those problems are huge For one thing it s simply not accurate to say as the description does that the book reuires only basic mathematical skills Peterson throws out concepts like functions compositions of functions sigma notation and the natural logarithm with no explanation whatsoever but these concepts aren t covered until precalculus
or even calculus He also makes liberal use of the notations concepts of set th. Now revised even calculus He also makes liberal use of notations and concepts of set th. Now revised updated this introduction to decision theory is both accessible and comprehensive covering topics including decision making under ignorance and risk the foundations of utility theory the debate over subjective and objective probability Bayesianism causal decision theory game theory and soci.
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Al proofs here that will never work as written because of a typo at a crucial step Given the already high
Level Of Difficulty Of Theof difficulty of the this is a surefire recipe for frustration If the reader can t get a proof or formal chain of reasoning then it s simply not clear whether it s her fault or not and so she doesn t know whether she needs to simply give up or try harder Not only is this frustrating for the reader it s ust sloppy I cannot believe that Cambridge would send this to press
without having it carefully proofread for such mistakes Once again Hacking and Weisberghaving it carefully proofread for such mistakes Once again Hacking and Weisberg books do much better on this score I can t think of a single typo or mistake in an important spot in eitherIf this book were the only game in town then I d probably give it three stars and recommend it with many reservations but since there are much better alternatives like Hacking and Weisberg I really think readers should avoid it Plus Hacking s book is probably no expensive than this one especially on the used market and Weisberg s is actually available for free on his website Its content which includes decision three utility measured on scale Bayes s theorem and of course two chapters for game theory like zero sum gameThank you Jaime zaSeptember 25 202. Ll as updated discussions of numerous central ideas including Newcomb's problem prisoner's dilemmas and Arrow's impossibility theorem The book will appeal particularly to philosophy students but also to readers in a range of disciplines from computer science and psychology to economics and political scienc. .
Eory which I m not sure are covered in all calculus classes though with these he does usually make minimal effort to explain them I m can t say for sure how clear those explanations would be for anyone who doesn t already know the basics of set theory but they seemed rushed to me I
Struggled A Bit With Thea bit with the and I can t even imagine trying to give this book to undergraduates who weren t math or science majors One might claim that these concepts are necessary to explain the concepts of decision theory but Ian Hacking and Jonathan Weisberg s inductive logic textbooks cover many of the same concepts as does Peterson and neither uses any of them both stick to the level of algebra I at most This makes them much easier to follow and clear for the average reader In my opinion they also do a much better ob of explaining the steps in their proofs than does Peterson Granted neither goes into uite the same depth on decision theory as does Peterson but I d wager they go into enough depth to satisfy the average readerThe needless difficulty of the book is one issue but it s compounded by another issue which is simply unforgivable in a book like this It s riddled with typos especially in the technical sections There are sever. Al choice theory No mathematical skills are assumed with all concepts and results explained in non technical and intuitive as well as formal ways There
are now over 140 exercises with solutions along with a glossary of key terms and concepts This second editionnow over 140 exercises with solutions along with a glossary of key terms and concepts This second edition a new chapter on risk aversion as we.