The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 51st Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for over four years! Each month a cartoon, drawn by British cartoonist John Landers, is posted for you and your students to suggest statistical captions (cartoons are posted at the beginning of the month and submissions are due at the end of the month). The caption contest is offered as a fun way to get your students thinking independently about statistical concepts.
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending August 31 are at
The best captions will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the cartoon and their caption.
July Results: The July caption contest featured a cartoon showing a mining camp where a map salesman is standing next to a miner who is looking at a “map” with a graphical display showing a big “X” at a specific point. The winning caption for the July contest was “If there is no gold standard, try data mining” by Charles Eugene Smith from North Carolina State University. Charles’ caption is a nice way to introduce the value of data mining for finding patterns in data but not as a gold standard for inference. An honorable mention goes to Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates for his caption “Maps will get you close, but data tells you where to dig!” that can be used in general discussions about the difference between the role of models (in analogy to maps) and data in making discoveries.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!
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Thanks in advance for your prompt participation
Allan Rossman (USCOTS 2021 Co-Chair)
Kelly McConville (USCOTS 2021 Co-Chair)
Dennis Pearl (CAUSE Director)