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Caption Contest - July 2020 - Results


The July caption contest featured a cartoon showing a mining camp where a map salesman is standing next to a miner who is looking at a "map" with a graphical display showing a big "X" at a specific point.

The winning caption for the July contest was "If there is no gold standard, try data mining" by Charles Eugene Smith from North Carolina State University. Charles' caption is a nice way to introduce the value of data mining for finding patterns in data but not as a gold standard for inference.

An honorable mention goes to Jim Alloway of EMSQ Associates for his caption "Maps will get you close, but data tells you where to dig!" that can be used in general discussions about the difference between the role of models (in analogy to maps) and data in making discoveries.

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