Chance News 44
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.
- To get the flavour of the comic, there is a 2-page sample, at the publisher’s website.
- Links to other books from the same publisher.
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Submitted by John Gavin.