The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 65th Cartoon Caption Contest! 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 October 31 are at
The best submission will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice of a coffee mug or t-shirt imprinted with the final cartoon.
September Results: The September caption contest featured a Zeus like character in the clouds throwing lightning bolts. On the ground a woman is giving a presentation to a small group of attentive people though one person standing up has been hit by one of the bolts. A line graph on the poster presented by the woman shows a pattern that looks like a lightning bolt. The winning caption for the September contest was A good plot brings a jolt of understanding, written by Claran Evans from Wake Forest University. Clarans caption can be used to help start a class conversation about how good visualizations are important for understanding and communicating data analyses. An honorable mention this month goes to Greg Baugher of Mercer University for his caption: Zeta, little-known god of statistics, sends his bolt to mesmerize another student with regression analysis, but in a very non-linear way!, that allows an instructor to discuss the problematic attribute of a time series that looks like a lightning bolt having more than one y-value for the same x (time). A second honorable mention goes to Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates for his caption: An effective graph should not require being struck by lightning to see interesting patterns, for discussing how an effective graphical representation should make interesting features jump out at the user.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and to our winners!