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The Manga Guide to Statisticsby Shin Takahashi
Synopses & Reviews
Think you can't have fun learning statistics? Think again.
The Manga Guide to Statistics will teach you everything you need to know about this essential discipline, while entertaining you at the same time. With its unique combination of Japanese-style comics called manga and serious educational content, the EduManga format is already a hit in Japan.
In The Manga Guide to Statistics, our heroine Rui is determined to learn about statistics to impress the dreamy Mr. Igarashi and begs her father for a tutor. Soon she's spending her Saturdays with geeky, bespectacled Mr. Yamamoto, who patiently teaches her all about the fundamentals of statistics: topics like data categorization, averages, graphing, and standard deviation.
After all her studying, Rui is confident in her knowledge of statistics, including complex concepts like probability, coefficients of correlation, hypothesis tests, and tests of independence. But is it enough to impress her dream guy? Or maybe there's someone better, right in front of her?
Reluctant statistics students of all ages will enjoy learning along with Rui in this charming, easy-to-read guide, which uses real-world examples like teen magazine quizzes, bowling games, test scores, and ramen noodle prices. Examples, exercises, and answer keys help you follow along and check your work. An appendix showing how to perform statistics calculations in Microsoft Excel makes it easy to put Rui's lessons into practice.
This EduManga book is a translation from a bestselling series in Japan, co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan.
Book News Annotation:
This English translation of a b&w Japanese cartoon guide to statistics, co-published with Ohmsha Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, retains its authentic Japanese flavor. The book follows the adventures of two high school girls and their teacher as he teaches them statistics using real-life examples such as how to calculate the standard deviation of bowling scores, how to graph ramen noodle prices on a histogram, and how to calculate Cramer's coefficient to determine how boys and girls prefer to be asked out. Each cartoon chapter includes a text explanation, worked examples, concept summaries, exercises, and answers. The publisher plans eight Manga Guide titles by the end of 2009, covering scientific and technical subjects such as calculus, physics, and molecular biology, with each guide written by a scientist or mathematician and illustrated by a professional manga artist and scenario writer. Author Takahashi is a technical writer. Information on the artist is not given. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The Manga Guide to Statistics capitalizes on the international manga phenomenon. This first in a series of EduManga titles from No Starch Press (co-published with Ohmsha, Ltd. of Japan), The Manga Guide to Statistics uses manga to introduce the reader to the world of statistics. Rather than learning from a dry textbook, readers follow the animated adventures of Rui and her teacher, Mamoru Yamamoto, as Rui interacts with a colorful cast of characters. The book consists of seven chapters, each containing a cartoon, text to supplement the cartoon, an exercise and answer section, and a summary. Readers learn about working with numerical and categorical data; probability; relationships between two variables; tests of independence; even how to perform calculations in Microsoft Excel. Other titles in the series will cover topics like databases, electricity, and physics.
About the Author
Trend Pro, Inc. is a pioneer of Ad-Manga--advertisement and advertising using Manga--in Japan. The company has produced over 1,700 Ad-Manga for over 700 clients, including many well-known public companies and government agencies. The company has over 100 registered professional Manga artists.
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