The Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education is happy to
announce our 64th Cartoon Caption Contest – now ongoing every month for 2^6 months! 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 September 30 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.
August Results: The August caption contest featured a “war room” scene with four generals
looking at a battle plan. All of the generals have multiple medals on their uniforms but
the medals for one are statistical graphs. The winning caption for the August contest was
“It's important not to over-generalize from a small dataset,” written by John Bailer
from Miami University. John’s caption can be used to help start a class conversation
about when it is proper to generalize a conclusion to a broader population. Three
honorable mentions this month go to
* Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates for his caption: “When dealing with uncertainty and
interactions, those utilizing data generally come out ahead,”
* Elise Abbot, a student at Penn State University, for her caption: “Despite his vague
and sometimes confusing directions, the army kept General Statistics with them because he
knew too much: He was far too valuable to let fall into enemy hands,” and
* Larry Lesser of The University of Texas at El Paso for his caption: “Rank-order
statistics is not just for the military!”
Thanks to everyone who submitted a caption and congratulations to our winners!