The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to announce our 94th 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 March 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 or free registration to eCOTS2024.


February Results:  


The February caption contest cartoon is shown above. The judges found the winning caption to be “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall: Tried to eggstrapolate, but had a fall! All the king’s horses, women, and men couldn’t do modeling with that small n!” submitted by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso.  Larry’s caption illustrates the dangers of extrapolation beyond the range of the data and that making reliable predictions from models requires an adequate sample size to estimate parameters.  An honorable mention this month goes to Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates for the caption "The analysts headed for cover when their unmaintained model unEGGspectedly broke.,”  to help in discussing the idea that predictive models must be updated with current data to remain effective. A second honorable mention goes to an anonymous submission for the caption “Humpty's upward trend wasn't what it was cracked up to be,” that can be used to discuss the dangers of predicting future events from past performance.


Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!