The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 81st 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 February 28 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.
The January caption contest cartoon is shown here. The judges found the winning caption to
be “Houston, we have an outlier,” written by Amelia Williams, a student at University of
Toronto. Amelia’s funny caption can be used to discuss the importance of investigating
and understanding the outliers in data sets. An honorable mention goes to Peter Karen from
Radboud University for another outlier focused caption; “Next question: are you an
outlier, or still in the same sample space as the rest of us?” Peter’s caption focuses
more specifically on teaching about how outliers may be the result of a different data
generating mechanism. A second honorable mention this month goes to Julia Gray, a student
at Strath Haven High School for her caption “Diversity in a sample is important! How far
will you go …?” Julia’s caption is intended to spur conversation about the importance of
capturing the make-up of the whole population in devising a sampling plan.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!