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The Manga Guide to Statistics (2004)
Shin Takahashi
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Rui wants to learn statistics not because she is interested in the subject but because she has a crush on Mr. Igarashi, whom she hopes her father will hire as her tutor. When instead her father hires the nerdy Mr. Yamamoto to teach her probability and statistics, she does so still hoping to use her knowledge to win the affections of Mr. Igarashi. (Don't be surprised, however, if along the way she finds her self more interested in both math and in Mr Yamamoto than she initially imagined.)

This manga was originally published in Japanese in 2004. An English translation appeared in 2008.

Thanks to Terence Carey for bringing this book to my attention.

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GenreDidactic, Romance,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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