- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: HarperPerennial; 1 edition (1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062731025
- ISBN-13: 978-0062731029
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 191 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
If you have ever looked for P-values by shopping at P mart, tried to watch the Bernoulli Trials 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 all 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 funny illustrations. Never again will you order the Poisson Distribution in a French restaurant!
Top customer reviews
This is like handing someone a slide rule and saying "figure it out". Yes, eventually, one could figure it out. But why not explain it?
The cartoons are cute but mostly either meaningless or distracting. They don't illustrate the points in the text.
Finally, on a deeper level, the book covers mostly trivial or irrelevant topics. Frankly, who cares about dice? I don't want to learn to gamble in Las Vegas. I want to learn how to use statistics in my work. I'd like a explanatory guide to practical statistics that can be used for biology, business, manufacturing, and other similar fields.
If you know of such a book, please say so here (and let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org). Or I may have to write it myself :-)
I wish it were a bit more readable from a typography point of view: the cartoonish font may make it seem less intimidating, but this reader would have preferred a normal serif font instead.
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and comfortable environment. A pleasure to read.Read more