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The Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry…

The Cartoon Guide to Statistics (1993)

by Larry Gonick, Woollcott Smith

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    The Manga Guide to Statistics by Shin Takahashi (thamrick)
    thamrick: Similar in content but without the clever but possibly confusing western cultural references introduced by Gonick. Manga has some Japanese references and is great if you can get past that and the school girl infatuation aspect of the cartoons.

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This was my introduction to Gonick's "comic" textbooks. As a stats text, it can claim something others can't: it's entertaining. This trait doesn't interfere with the book's ability to teach complicated topics; in fact, the humor allows it to do so with ease. The gags, illustrations, and characters help to break up the hard ideas so they're easier to understand. Many texts jump into the equations without doing enough to explain the basics plainly, but this book invites everyone to understand.

The best parts of this book are the chapters on distributions, sampling, and confidence intervals. The visualization of the binomial distribution being squished by DeMoivre into the normal distribution not only provides intuition on the normal approximation, but it leaves a vivid image of the relationship of the distributions. The part on sampling will imprint the 1/sqrt(n) factor in your mind and verse you in sampling issues and strategies. Finally, the analogy of firing an arrow into a target will make you see confidence intervals in an intuitive light.

My only criticisms are that I wish this book had a sequel that dives into the additional topics presented in the conclusion. Resampling, multivariate analysis, and principle components would be good candidates to bring down to Earth. Also, a chapter on Chi square statistics would have been great to round out the development of proportion tests. Anyone interested in learning how statistics is used should read this book. It won't make you an expert or provide you with problem sets, but the concepts will shine through. ( )
  danrk | Mar 30, 2016 |
Good hand-wavey overview of stats, but completely lacking in depth or exercises. Humor is on the korny side. ( )
  encephalical | Feb 24, 2015 |
Way to basic, mile wide, inch deep. ( )
  LoriReeder | Feb 13, 2014 |
Best way to learn the basics of any subject is with humour and facts... which this book contains ( )
  hailsus | Aug 11, 2013 |
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If you have ever looked for P-values by shopping at P mart, tried to watch the Bernoulli Trails on "People's Court," or think that the standard deviation is a criminal offense in six states, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Statistics to put you on the road to statistical literacy.

The Cartoon Guide to Statistics covers all the central ideas of modern statistics: the summary and display of data, probability in gambling and medicine, random variables, Bernoulli Trails, the Central Limit Theorem, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, and much more—all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Never again will you order the Poisson Distribution in a French restaurant!

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Illustrates the principles of statistics through humorous cartoons.

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