And you thought statistics couldn’t get more exciting!

Sometimes reading the standard text on statistics can be a snoozefest (but don’t ditch them yet, they’re still very important!) Another interesting way to learn the fundamentals of statistics is to read them the way we best knew entertainment growing up: cartoons.  Below are a couple of books we found for purchase online that can help you better understand statistics and even how to compute them using the right software.

One of the books we found is The Manga Guide to Statistics. Created by Shin Takahashi, it’s a statistics guide that reviews claim covers at most, if not all, the material of a entry level stats course in college. The summary alone should get you pumped: “Statistics with heart-pounding excitement!” The book covers how data is categorized, standard deviation, probability, bivariate and multivariate statistics, and more.  The appendix reviews how to calculate data using Excel (and not SPSS, unfortunately. But that’s where we fill in that gap). Here’s a taste of what we’re talking about:

From "Manga Guide to Statistics", Shin Takahashi, 2008

Another statistics-inspired cartoon is one simply called The Cartoon Guide to Statistics. Written by Larry Gonick and Woollcott Smith, 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, the Central Limit Theorem, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, and much more—all explained in simple, clear, and funny illustrations:

From "The Cartoon Guide to Statitics", Larry Gonick and Woollcott Smith, 1993

If you want a fun(ner) way to learn statistics, try these books and let us know what you think of them! Maybe in the future we’ll consider creating our own statistics comic book…hmm…

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