Media praise for The Manga Guide to Statistics

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"...the real strength of the book may be in helping younger people to find the entry into this kind of work to be more entertaining. Kids would be much more likely to actually pick this up and find out if they are interested in statistics as opposed to a regular text book. If they do enjoy it, it could encourage them to go further and really master the subject. A sort of gateway text if you will. It also helps to answer the age old student's question, "Why does this matter?" by giving examples of real world use. I think the book could also be a lot of fun for someone who doesn't need to learn statistics but approaches it as a fun mental exercise, like Sudoku or another math game but with a story line and more complicated problems to solve. Balancing out the limited amount of work, and the possibility for finding budding statisticians and mathematicians or entertaining those who already enjoy math I think that this book fills a rather unique niche."
-- JR Peck, Slashdot.org

"This book is an excellent introductory book on statistics. The material is well organized around the fundamental, basic concepts you would expect to find in a book that serves as an introduction to the field of statistics."
-- Dale Farris, Golden Triangle PC Club

"I like these attempts to make the study and use of statistics that many perceive as hard or even impenetrable, fun. Given this very difficult environment I think increasingly more investors will be turning to more rigorous approaches and that means using at least some statistics. So,what could be better than to demystify the area? Studying statistics will never be easy, but it might as well be fun."
-- The Capital Growth Letter, Volume 22, Issue 6

"This excellent, fun and gentle tutorial in Statistics will alleviate the anxiety of business and social science students who are required to take a Statistical Methods course but were always afraid of Mathematics...Altogether a fun guide, or refresher to anyone who needs statistical competence in their work or education."
-- Ira Laefsky, Amazon.com

"This is really what a good math text should be like. Unlike the majority of books on subjects like statistics, it doesn't just present the material as a dry series of pointless-seeming formulas. It presents statistics as something fun, and something enlightening. It shows you why you should care about this material, and how it's useful even to people in non-mathematical fields."
-- Mark C. Chu-Carroll, Good Math, Bad Math

"The pace of the book is good; the chapters present the concepts in bite-sized pieces and the storyline is funny."
-- Patti Schiendelman, Makezine.com

"This is a perfect addition to a homeschool curriculum, but I think it's great for anyone wanting an introduction or a refresher on statistics. (This could really come in handy for those college courses!)"
-- Linsey Knerl, Parenting Squad

"From my very-much-a-layman's view, this piece of nonfiction manga from newish player in the field (No Starch Press) seems to do its job very well, if you can handle a dram of reverse ephebophilia in your educational comics."
-- Kevin Church, beaucoupkevin.com

"It's both authentic, straight-from-Japan manga and a valuable book of learning, which seems almost redundant to me, since I've already learned so many important things from manga over the years."
-- Jog, The Blog

"For those who've been taking math classes in high school or college, I think this book will be very helpful in making statistics easier to understand."
-- Astronerdboy's Anime & Manga Blog

"I've already had a couple of instances where I've recommended The Manga Guide to Statistics to a co-worker or friend who was boggled by statistics. I'll probably continue to recommend it when I run into similar situations."
-- Pat Eyler, The On Ruby Blog

"All I remember about statistics from my teen years is that it was much harder than I thought it would be. It's a shame they didn't have fun books like The Manga Guide to Statistics back then. This book is fun and entertaining, yet instructional and educational."
-- Jennifer Wagner, Connect With Your Teens Through Pop Culture Technology

"All told, The Manga Guide to Statistics is a solid introduction to the world of statistical analysis done in a fun and accessible way."
-- Rommel Salandanan, Active Anime

"'Clean' may be a more accurate descriptor than 'simple': there's been a lot of attention paid to camera angles, and the backgrounds do get more detailed when it's appropriate to the visual rhetoric. Also, the girl and her outfits are very cute."
-- Matthew Skala, ansuz.sooke.bc.ca

"The Manga Guide to Statistics is filled with great examples, twists, humor and memorable characters while still being able to stay on topic. It is definitely way better than trying to comprehend a bland statistics book."
-- Marielle Riley, Dobb's CodeTalk

"For students who have difficulty with math or statistics, this may be a good introduction, making the lessons more interesting and fun than using a standard text book."
-- The Sacramento Book Review, Volume 1, Issue 5 Page 15

"Buy it. Most of you will like it, and with a little patience, you too can become more comfortable with the concepts of statistics."
-- Harry Babad, MacCompanion

"Inoue's art is clean, cute and simplified, and it works with machine-like efficiency—the artist not only knows and speaks the language of manga, but does so fluently, which makes this a better effort than some of the other, more cynical attempts to use a hot, new publishing craze to try and get kids interested in some form of education, be it classic literature or test-taking."
-- J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama.com

"I enjoyed reading this wittily constructed manga textbook."
-- Bill Sherman, Blogcritics.org

"I love, love, love this idea! EduManga is a great concept, and I think it might have helped me with math when I was in high school."
-- The Otaku Librarian

"The art is nicely clean and filled with just the right amount of detail, and the characters are quite expressive and given to funny asides. I laughed every time Rui made a scared face at a complicated equation."
-- Matthew J. Brady, Warren Peace

"This manga succeeds in presenting important statistical concepts in an accessible and entertaining way. The charm of the book lies in the real-world examples it uses: magazine surveys, ramen noodle prices and bowling scores all make an appearance here."
-- Sharon Schulz-Elsing, Curled Up With A Good Book

"These are too fun. I might actually be able to understand math now."
-- Fantasybookspot.com

"The best thing about the book is the clear and visual explanations of basic statistical concepts and methods."
-- David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Dreamnnightmare.livejournal.com

"One thing I really liked was the appendix, which shows very clearly how to do all of the major calculations using Microsoft Excel, with xls spreadsheets available for download from the publisher’s website...If you already know statistics pretty well, this book wouldn’t be useful to you. If you are looking for an easy to understand and quality introduction that includes a bit of frivolity, you will find this book both useful and enjoyable. I did."
-- Matthew Helmke, MatthewHelmke.net

"Besides taking a chill-pill from the traditional way of describing dull statistical information, The Manga Guide to Statistics offers a visualization of statistics that can't be found in any mere textbook. In the illustrated format, Rui and Mr. Yamamoto provide a backdrop to the mathematical lessons with an overall plot capable of being called a shojo."
-- Jd Banks, Anime3000

"If you know of someone that has to seriously learn this material however, I have a feeling that this book is just what they are looking for if they are having trouble."
-- Chris Mosby, Tales from the Longbox

"The math is clearly explained. The examples that Mamoru uses to teach basic mathematical concepts are often creative, and therefore quite memorable. "
-- Elena, Sequential Smarts

"The art is charming and the humor engaging. "
-- Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY, School Library Journal

"Since the level is elementary and the examples simple, the complete hand calculation is shown, something that I would love to see in all advanced-level texts!"
-- John A. Wass, Ph.D., Scientific Computing

"The book aims to shows the reader how real life problems can be framed and solved using elementary statistics - and it does a wonderful job of it."
-- Heartcrossings.blogspot.com

"If you know of someone that has to seriously learn this material however, I have a feeling that this book is just what they are looking for if they are having trouble."
-- Chris Mosby, Tales from the Longbox

"...a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn statistics. "
-- Richard Bejtlich, TaoSecurity

"If you are looking for a quick and fun introduction into statistics, The Manga Guide to Statistics is right up your alley."
-- Geoff Hotchkiss, Computer Science House

"I recommend this book because it’s entertaining, educational and a light refresher for someone like me."
-- Wai Yen Tang, VG Researcher

"The Manga Guide to Statistics -- Sol Lederman, Wild About Math!



"...the real strength of the book may be in helping younger people to find the entry into this kind of work to be more entertaining. Kids would be much more likely to actually pick this up and find out if they are interested in statistics as opposed to a regular text book. If they do enjoy it, it could encourage them to go further and really master the subject."
--JR Peck, Slashdot.org