The present book is a statistic course forundergraduate students in all fields of social and economic sciences. The book presentsa manual on a course "General Theoryof Statistics", including a series of not quite traditional topics.Above all, it concerns the mathematical bases of statistics and use of computertechnologies in statistic probing. At that, thematic choice of the chapters andsections of the book is caused not only by interests and tastes of the authors,but also by modern tendencies in applied statistics and orientation of thegiven work.The book contains a series of concrete proposals forimprovement of statistic practice; many of them are based on ourexperience in practical statistical activity in statistical organs of USSR and Estonia in the early ninetiesof the last century. A comparability aspect of the Soviet statistic school inheritingmany traditions of the worldwide knownRussian school of the probability theory and statistics, with westernstatistics can be a rather interesting to the English?speaking reader inhistorical and substantial respect.

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