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[http://nostarch.com/mg_statistics_big.htm The Manga Guide to Statistics], Shin Takahashi and Trend-pro Co., November 2008, 224 pp.<br>
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I suppose it was only a matter of time - now you can be both entertained by a [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga manga] cartoon and learn about statistics at the same time:
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Our heroine, Rui, is determined to learn about statistics to impress the dreamy Mr. Igarashi and begs her father for a tutor. Soon she's spending her Saturdays with geeky, bespectacled Mr. Yamamoto, who patiently teaches her all about the fundamentals of statistics: topics like data categorization, averages, graphing, and standard deviation.
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This comic uses real-world examples like teen magazine quizzes, bowling games, test scores, and ramen noodle prices to enliven the subject matter.
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Not surprisingly, the intended readers are people interested in learning more about statistics.
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After all her studying, Rui is confident in her knowledge of statistics, including complex concepts like probability, coefficients of correlation, hypothesis tests, and tests of independence. But is it enough to impress her dream guy? Or maybe there's someone better, right in front of her?
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Examples, exercises, and answer keys help you follow along and check your work.
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An appendix showing how to perform statistics calculations in Microsoft Excel makes it easy to put Rui's lessons into practice.
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===Further reading===
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* To get the flavour of the comic, there is a [http://www.tinker.tv/download/manga_stats_sample.pdf 2-page sample,] at the [http://nostarch.com/mg_statistics.htm publisher’s website.]
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** There is also a [http://www.tinker.tv/download/manga_statistics_sample.pdf 6-page, sample chapter] entitled <em>Standard Score and Deviation Score.</em>
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** You can even [http://www.nostarch.com/download/mg-stats-appendix.zip download Excel files] from the Appendix.
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** And [http://nostarch.com/mg_statistics_rev.htm On-line reviews] are available.
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* Links to [http://nostarch.com/catalog.htm other books] from the same publisher.
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Submitted by John Gavin.

Revision as of 14:02, 25 January 2009

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Statistics with heart-pounding excitement

The Manga Guide to Statistics, Shin Takahashi and Trend-pro Co., November 2008, 224 pp.

I suppose it was only a matter of time - now you can be both entertained by a manga cartoon and learn about statistics at the same time:

Our heroine, Rui, is determined to learn about statistics to impress the dreamy Mr. Igarashi and begs her father for a tutor. Soon she's spending her Saturdays with geeky, bespectacled Mr. Yamamoto, who patiently teaches her all about the fundamentals of statistics: topics like data categorization, averages, graphing, and standard deviation.

This comic uses real-world examples like teen magazine quizzes, bowling games, test scores, and ramen noodle prices to enliven the subject matter. Not surprisingly, the intended readers are people interested in learning more about statistics.

After all her studying, Rui is confident in her knowledge of statistics, including complex concepts like probability, coefficients of correlation, hypothesis tests, and tests of independence. But is it enough to impress her dream guy? Or maybe there's someone better, right in front of her?

Examples, exercises, and answer keys help you follow along and check your work. An appendix showing how to perform statistics calculations in Microsoft Excel makes it easy to put Rui's lessons into practice.

Further reading

No Starch Press publishes the finest in geek entertainment -- distinctive books on computing, such as bestsellers Steal This Computer Book, How Linux Works, Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, The Cult of Mac, and The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide, with a focus on open source/Linux, security, hacking, programming, and alternative operating systems.

Submitted by John Gavin.