The manga guide to statistics

Shin Takahashi

Book - 2009

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San Francisco, CA : No Starch Press c2009.
1st ed
Physical Description
215 p. : ill
Includes index.
Main Author
Shin Takahashi (-)
  • Determining data types
  • Getting the big picture: understanding numerical data
  • Getting the big picture: understanding categorical data
  • Standard score and deviation score
  • Let's obtain the probability
  • Let's look at the relationship between two variables
  • Let's explore the hypothesis tests.
Review by Choice Review

Having never even looked at a manga before, this reviewer must admit to being skeptical upon receiving this statistics guide to review--yet ultimately he was favorably impressed. Takahashi, a designer, writer, and experienced data analyst, provides accurate, clearly related statistical content as the underlying schoolgirl-crush story line unfolds. Such investigations as sports drink preferences, ramen shops, and asking people out on dates are related to sampling, probability density functions, regression analysis, and hypothesis testing in a conversational, clear, and correct manner. This reviewer was surprised to see the inclusion of intra-class correlation and Cramer's V coefficient for categorical data, not usually found in introductory statistical coverage. The intent here is definitely not to offer a full treatment of statistics, but rather an everyday understanding of the underpinnings of concepts found at this level--and for the pertinent audience, especially high school students or undergraduates struggling with basic statistical notions, it succeeds. Given the intricacies inherent in this material, the book handles the task at hand quite well. The final chapter provides illustrated computational examples using Excel. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates, two-year technical program students, high school students, and general readers. N. W. Schillow Lehigh Carbon Community College

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission. Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-Rui is introduced to "statistics with heart-pounding excitement" when she develops a crush on Igarashi, her father's market-research business associate. In an attempt to impress him, the teen asks her father for a personal tutor and is devastated when he enlists Yamamoto, a bespectacled geek, as her instructor. As Rui gamely struggles through some basic lessons, readers learn about distribution tables and deviation scores. Naturally, love finally blossoms. In a moment of frustration, Rui knocks off Yamamoto's glasses and sees his eyes for the first time, and hers fill with hearts. This manga textbook is written for those interested in understanding principles of statistics. Each of the seven chapters is organized into four sections: a cartoon, a text explanation to supplement the cartoon, an exercise that includes the answer, and a summary. Readers can learn much about the subject by just reading the cartoon, but they will gain a more thorough understanding by working through the other three sections in each chapter. Yamamoto provides Rui with easy-to-understand examples and graphic illustrations, making the subject less intimidating. The book progresses in difficulty, beginning with data types and advancing to "tests of independence." Clearly, readers need a solid understanding of mathematics to grasp these concepts. The art is charming and the humor engaging. Readers will enjoy following Rui as she struggles with math concepts while showing off her new school uniform and realizing her romantic feelings for her tutor. A fun and fairly painless lesson on what many consider to be a less-than-thrilling subject.-Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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