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The Manga Guide to Regression Analysis (2005)
Shin Takahashi / Iroha Inoue
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Like other books in the "Learn with Manga" series, this one uses romance and manga styling to teach an advanced mathematical subject. Moreover, as in The Manga Guide to Statistics, the main character is a teenage girl who only wants to learn math because she has a crush on a boy. In this case, the boy in question is a regular customer at the tea shop where she works as a waitress. Another waitress teaches her regression analysis, which not only allows her to talk to the boy but also allows her to work out an equation predicting the amount of iced tea they will sell as function of the daily temperature. (The book includes a review of calculus and logarithms and gets into such advanced topics as multiple regression and hypothesis tests.)

Originally published in Japanese in 2005, it was translated into English in 2016. Thanks to Terence Carey for bringing it to my attention.

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GenreDidactic, Romance,
TopicAnalysis/Calculus/Differential, Probability/Statistics,
MediumGraphic Novel/Comic Book/Manga,

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