Cartoon Guide to Statistics

Cartoon Guide to Statistics


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Cartoon Guide to Statistics by Larry Gonick, Woollcott Smith, Woolcott Smith

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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 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 more—all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Never again will you order the Poisson Distribution in a French restaurant!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062731029
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/1993
Series: Cartoon Guide Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 102,578
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain math, history, science, and other big subjects for more than forty years. 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 currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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Cartoon Guide to Statistics 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best Statistics book ever!!! I've read a few books on statistics and this is a fun, easy read.
UncleDennis More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.