Analytics Cartoon Caption Contest


Last weekend I created the cartoon above but realized that the caption I had planned wasn’t particularly funny.  So instead I posted it to twitter and proposed a caption competition. The result was a wonderful outpouring of analytic creativity, and I thank everyone who took part (links below–follow them on Twitter!).

Humor is in the eye of the beholder, but I hereby declare the results of the competition below (Don’t like my choices? Or think you can do better? Comment below!)

The Winners

DJ Adams @qmacro
 : “I asked the finance department for a breakdown of the figures and look what they gave me” Link

Josh Greenbaum @josheac
: “Okay, who dropped the pi and didn’t clean up?” Link

Frank Scavo @fscavo
: “This is not what I meant when I asked for a data dump!” Link

Special prize for creative quantity

Dave Kellogg @Kellblog

“The answer is clearly 100,000 but we’re not sure if it’s dollars, yen, or bitcoins” Link

“The answer’s right there in the numbers” Link

“Now that we have in-memory technology cubes are out and triangles in” Link

“This is the little data pile produced by Hadoop extracting from the big data” Link


Special prize for snark Smile

Donald MacCormick @Donaldmac 

“What do you mean I could sort it out myself with Lumira? Do you job properly and deliver some real end-user BI” Link

Additional entries

Decisions, decisions…

It’s a mess…

Kinda geeky…

Piles and Pyramids:

Finally, my own meager efforts:

  • “I’m not going to take you seriously unless you first clean up this messy data!”
  • “What do you want me to do with this?! It’s completely unstructured!”
  • “Maybe these missing numbers were the reason our Super Bowl prediction sucked”?
  • “What do you mean by ‘Hadoop droppings’?!”





One response to “Analytics Cartoon Caption Contest”

  1. drmrs Avatar

    This is not the secret code to building a pyramid, because there are no hieroglyphs! drmrs 2/27/2014