Elements of Probability and Statistics
An Introduction to Probability with de Finetti’s Approach and to Bayesian Statistics
Francesca Biagini • Massimo Campanino
This book is based on the lectures notes for the course, Probability and Mathematical Statistics, taught for many years by one of the authors (M.C.) and then, divided into two sections, by both authors at the University of Bologna (Italy).
We follow the approach of de Finetti, see de Finetti  for a complete detailed exposition. Although de Finetti  was conceived as a textbook of probability for mathematics students, it was also meant to illustrate the point of view of the author on the foundations of probability and mathematical statistics and discuss it in relation to prevalent approaches, resulting often of difficult access for beginners. This was the main reason that prompted us to arrange the lectures notes of our courses into a more organic way and to write a textbook for an initial class on probability and mathematical statistics.