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Hi all,

I'm a graphic designer very interested in cartography, and in a broader sense in information graphics. As I have no cartographic background (except self-study) I am looking for a good basic introduction to the field of statistics. I'm in no sense a mathematician :huh: , so a book (or website) providing a clear, hands-on approach would be great. Hope you can halp me!

Thanks in advance!

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Neil Salkind's Statistics For People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics is a pretty good place to start. It covers basic descriptive statistics and provides a gentle introduction to inferential statistics and more advance statistical techniques. It's a bit cutesy, but very accessible.

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You should also check out How to Lie With Statistics by Darrell Huff. Although this book was originally published in 1954 it has timeless lessons on how to avoid the pitfalls of presenting statistics.

A good companion is How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier.

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