Cartoon Guide to Statistics

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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 moreā€”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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A very clever effort at explaining the meaning and use of the major statistical methods through the medium of captioned cartoon drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062731029
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 108,568
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. He wrote his first guide, Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform, in 1977. He has been a calculus instructor at Harvard (where he earned his BA and MA in mathematics) and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he is staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What is Statistics?
Chapter 2: Data Description
Chapter 3: Probability
Chapter 4: Random Variables
Chapter 5: A Tale of Two Distributions
Chapter 6: Sampling
Chapter 7: Confidence Intervals
Chapter 8: Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 9: Comparing Two Populations
Chapter 10: Experimental Design
Chapter 11: Regression
Chapter 12: Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2011

    Phenomenal!!!

    This is by far the best Statistics book ever!!! I've read a few books on statistics and this is a fun, easy read.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    A book that's hard to keep on the shelf

    I think I've owned 4 or 5 copies of this book over the past 10 or so years. I wish I had known of its existence when I was completing my MA degree when I had one class on statistics (after never truly needing to understand much about the subject for my BS degree). But, after initially discovering the book at a Barnes & Noble years ago, I found the cartoon presentations of so many seemingly (and actually) complex statistical definitions and concepts to be a breakthrough in helping me and many of my students understand and apply these to our given research.

    The reason I've repurchased this book over and over is because I've had so many co-workers or students who, like me, were having a hard time grasping and applying the myriad statistical methods, that I found it easier to "lend" the book out instead of letting it gather dust on my bookshelf. And, considering my laxity in enforcing my unwritten (and, thruthfully, nonexistent) return policy, a number of copies have disappeared from sight, hopefully being passed along to the next person in need.

    But knowing that the book, albeit nearly 17 years old now, is still available sporadically in B&N stores, I don't worry too much about losing my next copy to someone who needs it more than me. Considering the nature of my workplace (a mid-size community college), I like knowing I have a copy nearby, ready to spring into action for the next student struggling with their "Stats" class or the colleague with a looming deadline looking to analyze a mountain of data for their dissertation or annual grant report.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2001

    Statistics is not Sadistic after all!

    Many of my students get confused over some of the rules/exceptions in statistics. I recommend this book to all of my students as a supplemental book to help clear the confusion. Gonick and Smith are savers of the statistical race!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2000

    must have for any one new to statistical functions

    I use the book to clarify information in my statistics text. The illustrations make it easy to apply the traditional formula applciation to relative situations. Very practical and useful.

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    Posted July 24, 2009

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