- 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: 198 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
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But if you are like me and only have basic high school stat-related stuff (basic probability etc), the book becomes frustrating at less than half its lenght because the formulas and concepts start to become more complex are not explained well enough via cartoonish style. The book then becomes annoying and irritating because one formula/concept piles on top of the previous one and from there it is all downhill, at which point I just gave up and will appeal to a more rigorous book which takes its time to explain carefully each point.
Originally published in 1993, the 2005 edition remains largely the same, with a few minor revisions. Other, more recent guides may offer a more up-to-date perspective, but by and large, I'd say this classic little Gonick & Smith collaboration still offers a worth introduction.
If you're looking for a text book with lots of examples, then this is not your book. If you need someone else to guide you and explain things to you, then this is not your book. This book is about explaining the concepts concisely & simply with real life examples. But just because it's concise, it doesn't mean it's simple. You will need to study.
This book is all about explaining the ideas of stats simply, and it's done with cartoon figures and down to earth examples. Nothing abstract here. Each section is concise and brief. Everything you need for each step is clearly explained and with a little study, graspable. Each section is carefully built on top of the previous one, so because of this grading learning there is never a large leap to a new concept.
I would recommend the book for someone who has previously studied Stats, but needs a quick review.
I would recommend it for use as a quick reference tool. It's easy to find what you want, and since the explanations are brief, you don't need to spend a lot of time in research.
The downfall of this book, of course, is that it doesn't provide statistical practice problems and solutions. In my humble opinion, the best way to learn statistics, or any other quantitative subject, is through lot of practice and mental challenges. Although your conceptual understanding of statistics will be enhanced through this book, your actual applicable knowledge of statistics may still remain stagnant.
This might be a good first book or even a good review of statistics. But certainly, this book is not adequate for those who want to learn statistics for application to real data.
Still, this is immensely well contemplated book and I must congratulate the authors for creating a thought provoking statistics overview book without too many statistical equations and problems. I also enjoyed the cartoons and humor.