The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: May 2016
Pages: 232
 Like a lot of people, Miu has had trouble learning regression analysis. But with new motivation--in the form of a handsome but shy customer--and the help of her brilliant cafe coworker Risa, she's determined to master it. Follow along with Miu and Risa in The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis as they calculate the effect of temperature on iced tea orders, predict bakery revenues, and work out the probability of cake sales with simple, multiple, and logistic regression analysis. You'll get a refresher in basic concepts like matrix equations, inverse functions, logarithms, and differentiation before diving into the hard stuff. Learn how to: Calculate the regression equation Check the accuracy of your equation with the correlation coefficient Perform hypothesis tests and analysis of variance, and calculate confidence intervals Make predictions using odds ratios and prediction intervals Verify the validity of your analysis with diagnostic checks Perform chi-squared tests and F-tests to check the goodness of fit Whether you're learning regression analysis for the first time or have just never managed to get your head around it, The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis makes mastering this tricky technique straightforward and fun.
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Regression analysis is among the most used and least understood statistical applications in industrial settings. Like other Manga guides, this one tries to simplify a complex topic through a story. In this case, the motivation to learn comes for the hopes of meeting someone special (a plot not unlike most Manga guides in this series). In this specific instance, Miu learns from her fellow c-worker Risa about regression so she has the background to study with a visitor to the coffee shop where both Miu and Risa work. As most Manga Guides in this series, each chapter contains a comic section followed by a more traditional text-book section that delves deeper into the material under discussion.

In this series, the book starts with an introductory chapter titled "A Refreshing Glass of Math". This chapter reviews function (especially logs and exponents), calculus, matrices, and basic probability and statistics. Some of these topics were covered in previous Manga Guides in this series. The next three chapters are the most substantive chapters. They cover simple regression, multiple regression, and logistic regression. There is also a note in the multiple regression chapter on transforming variables to linearize the regression equation, but the follow up discussion on how to deal with hypothesis testing and evaluating goodness of fit of the actual (non-linearized) variables is not as detailed as some readers would expect.

Throughout the book references to using a computer (presumably a spreadsheet) are constantly made. Actually the characters use laptops to perform some of the calculations in some of the elater chapters. An appendix of how to perform these calculations in Excel is useful for those who don't have access to statistical software and would like to use regression analysis.

Like other Manga Guides, this book is a useful companion to a regression analysis textbook, and recommended for those taking such a course. However regression analysis does require some foundational math (presented in the first chapter), so this book is not recommended for those who do not have background in calculus, descriptive statistics, matrices and functions. I received a review copy of this book.

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