The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 70th 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 for
February Results: The February caption contest featured a scene at the “ACME Polling
Company” where three people holding clipboards are all facing mirrors and seem to be
interviewing themselves. In a first for the CAUSE caption contest three first place
prizes will be awarded and all to students from University of Colorado, Boulder for their
terrific captions. The first winning caption for the February contest was “Warning:
pollster opinions may be reflected in survey results," written by Don Bell-Souder.
The second winning caption this month goes to Sarah Arpin for her caption “Selection bias
is in the eye of the beholder” and the third winning caption was authored by Rosie Garris
for her caption “ACME polling finds that bootstrapping still reflects self-reporting
bias.” All three of these winning captions invite conversation about the type of biases
that may result from the way a pollster handles the logistics of taking a survey and thus
the importance of careful planning.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners (and to the
students at University of Colorado, Boulder for their creative efforts)!