The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for June is now taking entries (with deadline of June 10
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our thirteenth Cartoon Caption Contest. Each month a cartoon, drawn by British
cartoonist John Landers, will be posted for you and your students to suggest statistical
captions. (note the cartoons are posted early in the month with submissions due by the
10th of the following month)
The next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending June 10th 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 or free registration to eCOTS 2018.
May Results: We had 15 submissions for the May caption contest that featured a cartoon
showing people in line to take part in a taste testing experiment with three of them being
conservatively dressed and three being wildly dressed. The winning caption for the cartoon
“As my stats professor repeatedly told us: “Better to stratify and not need it, than to
not stratify and need it,” written by Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates. The caption was
chosen for it’s ability to begin a discussion about the value of stratification in
reducing the variability of population estimates (and the difficulty in doing so when the
population weights are unknown). Two honorable mentions were judged to be very close
“Participants may vary more than the products!,” written by Larry Lesser from University
of Texas at El Paso; and
“To "B" or To "A" ... that is the question. Whether it is better to
randomize or systematize our assignments,” written by John Bailer from Miami University.
Since these three reflect very different statistical points, CAUSE will publish all three
in the CAUSEweb fun collection.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our Winners!