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# The Cartoon Guide to Statistics (Cartoon Guides)

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 sum ...morePaperback, 240 pages

Published
July 14th 1993
by William Morrow Paperbacks

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People who write about statistics have this same illogical twist in their minds. That is why most books on the subject spend whole chapters explaining easy stuff, and then make huge logical leaps in just one line, leaving the reader puzzled as to whe ...more

*conceptual overview*of statistics, the moral equivalent of Cliff note or a course outline but with cartoons and a certain amount of humor and history mixed in.

Do not underestimate the value of this if you are a student wanting to learn statistics! For ...more

This was a rather straightforward approach to statistics. While it has cartoons, there is real mathematics here. I swear!

I don't think anyone would

*learn*statistics from this one, but it actually does pack in a fair amount of justification/explication in addition to some of the basics from the statistician's toolbox. I also have to admit that I never learned how to compute (or the real meaning of) p-values, Student's t-test etc., so was cool to see the motivation/~derivation of the tools there. Definitely fun read and if I needed to refresh my memory of some of the key c ...more

It starts out simple - illustrating the differences between median, mean and mode. By page 22, I got a little shaky, but it covers more than what I learned in a business math class in college.

This series also looks at American History, which may also be good.

*no*homework?) Good as a reference, but it should not be your only source for learning stats.

Also, don't fear that it doesn't go far enough. It goes all the way to regression which is about as far as most intro stats classes go.

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Larry Gonick (born 1946) is a cartoonist best known for The Cartoon History of the Universe, a history of the world in comic book form, which he has been publishing in installments since 1977. He has also written The Cartoon History of the United States, and he has adapted the format for a series of co-written guidebooks on other subjects, beginning with The Cartoon Guide to Genetics in 1983. The
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