Cartoon Guide to Statistics

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The Cartoon Guide to Statistics

By Larry Gonick and Woollcott Smith

Statistics can be a student’s bete noire. An ordeal. A chore. A requirement. But it can also be like magic. Isn’t it amazing that probability governs the basic laws of the universe? Statistical models are somehow more real than reality itself! This, the most popular of all the cartoon guides, covers the basics of data sets, probability, random variables, binomial and normal distributions, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, experimental design, and more. Formulas included!

This classic book presents the basic principles of statistics in a concise graphic format, and covers nearly all the material in an AP Statistics course, or a first course in statistics at the college level. Also, graduate students, quantitative analysts and engineers have found the Cartoon Guide a handy review book.

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 Trials, 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!

Paperback. 230 pages.

"Witty, pedagogical and comprehensive, this is the best book of the bunch! It provides a historical perspective and covers quite advanced topics such as confidence intervals, regression analysis and probability theory. The book contains a fair deal of mathematical notation but still manages to be accessible." - Publishable Stuff, Rasmus Bååth's Research Blog