The Manga Guide to Statistics by Shin Takahashi
(No Starch Press, 2009, 215 pages)
I needed a break from the book I was reading. This Manga guide fit the bill. It’s a Japanese comic book translated into English. A high school girl named Rui is taking tutoring lessons on statistics from her father’s young co-worker Mamamoto. The book has a good story line that keeps the subject interesting and enjoyable. It starts off with the basics of understanding different types of data and moves on to applications of hypothesis testing. Along the way Pearson’s chi-squared test, Cramér’s V, and other tests and procedures are also discussed and explained. The talented author uses everyday examples to shed light on statistics from noodle shop pricing to teens’ fashion preferences. It’s an excellent introductory book for high school or first year college students. If you have a good grasp on the subject already, it could be a fun way to review it. A light and fun read.