The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 67th 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 December 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.
November Results: The November caption contest featured two robots (like mars rovers) working together on an unknown planet. One of the robots is gathering small rock specimens and processing them while the second robot is recording and analyzing data from the operation – a three-dimensional hologram shows the results. The winning caption for the November contest was “Statistics is a team sport involving sampling, measurement, analysis, and presentation, which can become rocket science.” written by Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates. Jim’s caption can be used to help start a class conversation both about the statistical paradigm as well as about the importance of collaborative efforts in carrying out a study. An honorable mention this month goes to Ryan Card from University of Washington at Tacoma for the caption: “100% of Mars rocks analyzed so far has been small enough to be analyzed by rovers,” that might be used in teaching about sampling biases.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!