The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for April is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 23rd 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 next cartoon and the entry rules for the contest ending April 30 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.
March Results: We had 26 submissions for the March caption contest that featured a cartoon
showing a classroom situation with a clown sitting in the front row amongst many regular
students. A scatterplot is displayed on the screen with a positive relationship amongst
most points but a single outlier in the upper left of the plot. The winning caption for
the March contest was "Points that differ from their peers are often the most
interesting," written by Jim Alloway from EMSQ Associates. Jim’s caption can be a
nice vehicle to discuss how interesting discoveries are often made by investigating
outliers. Three captions on the effect of outliers that received honorable mentions
included “Stop Clowning Around! One outlier doth not a negative correlation make!,”
written by Joe Nolan from Northern Kentucky University, “Outliers can make a circus out of
your regression analysis,” written by Charlie Smith from NC State University, and
“There's always that funny outlier clownin' around!, written by Tianyi Wang a
student at Strath Haven High School.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!