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# The Cartoon Guide to Statistics

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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 summ ...more

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Paperback, 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

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

The book’s biggest lack is t ...more

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Gonick L & Smith W (1993) Cartoon Guide to Statistics

Acknowledgments

01. What Is Statistics?

02. Data Description

• Summary Statistics

• The Mean (or "Average")

• The Median

• Measures of S p r e a d

• Interquartile Range

• Standard Deviation

• Properties of x̅ and s

• An Empirical Rule

03. Probability

• Basic Definitions

• Basic Operations

• Conditional Probability

• Independence and the special multiplication rule

• Bayes' Theorem and the case of the false positives...

04. Random V ...more

**Contents**Gonick L & Smith W (1993) Cartoon Guide to Statistics

Acknowledgments

01. What Is Statistics?

02. Data Description

• Summary Statistics

• The Mean (or "Average")

• The Median

• Measures of S p r e a d

• Interquartile Range

• Standard Deviation

• Properties of x̅ and s

• An Empirical Rule

03. Probability

• Basic Definitions

• Basic Operations

• Conditional Probability

• Independence and the special multiplication rule

• Bayes' Theorem and the case of the false positives...

04. Random V ...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

**My go to probability & statistics refresher**

This book has been my go to refresher on probability and statistics for many years now whenever I need to remember something. It is a very simple and fun introduction to many concepts that are important to our every day lives. Yet, it also gets fairly in depth into statistical concepts. The reason I gave he book 4 stars instead of 5 though is that there are places where even the cartoons jump a little too fast for my speed and I need to refer to other r ...more

Needs Excel worksheets & macros to help one enjoy/experiment. Might make them myself.

I bought much of the whole Cartoon Guide/History series & leave them near the kids. ...more

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.

Although it is not a textbook, but a concise and illustrative explanation of the key concepts with real-life examples, it still ...more

Just skimmed through it mostly. Requires some patience and careful attention to formulas. Just patience is required, otherwise the math is well explained.

Cartoons are black and white. Nice, overall.

Will try to re-read it later, after carefully studying hypothesis testing and paired comparison from other books too.

I've been trying to formalize my learning a tiny bit this spring. This contributed to that effort.

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