A cartoon to be used for discussing the selection of the best explanatory variable in a regression model. The cartoon was used in the March 2017 CAUSE Cartoon Caption Contest. The winning caption was submitted by Michael Posner, from Villanova University. The drawing was created by British cartoonist John Landers based on an idea from Dennis Pearl of Penn State University. A second winning entry, by Michele Balik-Meisner, a student at North Carolina State University, may be found at www.causeweb.org/cause/resources/fun/cartoons/variable-wheel-i
Three honorable mentions that rose to the top of the judging in the March competition included â€œNo no no! You randomize AFTER you select your research topic!â€ by Mickey Dunlap from University of Georgia; â€œThis isn't what I meant by random variable!â€ by Larry Lesser from The University of Texas at El Paso; and â€œWe find this method of finding 'significant' predictors to be quicker than using stepwise regression and it is even slightly more reproducible.â€ by Greg Snow from Brigham Young University.