The CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest for July is now taking entries
The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 26th 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 July 31 are at
The best captions will be posted on CAUSEweb and the winner(s) will receive their choice
of a coffee mug or a t-shirt imprinted with the cartoon.
June Results: We had 14 submissions for the March caption contest that featured a cartoon
showing a cornfield with one row of corn growing many times larger than the corn in the
rest of the field – a farmer is talking to a statistician. The winning caption for the
June contest was "Cornfield's conditions ruled out Simpson's paradox from a
potential corn-founder," written by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El
Paso. Larry’s caption can be a nice vehicle to discuss Cornfield’s simple conditions
required of a potential confounder to create a Simpson’s Paradox situation. An honorable
mention this month goes to Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates for his caption “Once we
replicate your results with a designed experiment, we’ll apply for the patent.”
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!