The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 74th 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 July 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.
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The June caption contest cartoon is shown here. The judges found the winning caption to be
“While Mike wrote furiously to describe important patterns in the data, Alicia calmly
created a visualization to tell the story," written by Rob Carver from Stonehill
College. Rob’s caption highlights how the right visualization can communicate complex
patterns in data more easily than written descriptions. An honorable mention this month
goes to Rosie Ching from Singapore Management University for her caption, “Not mastering
the basics of time series may just cost you an arm and a leg,” which suggests a similar
theme made specific to issues of trends over time.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!