# Caption Contest – Win *The Numerati* by Stephen Baker

As promised, it's time for a FlowingData contest. To the winner goes **The Numerati** by Stephen Baker, a book about how data play a huge role in our future. Indeed, it does. Stephen also keeps an interesting blog, and I encourage you to check it out.

## How to Win a Free Book

It's easy. Write a caption for the above graph and leave it in the comments below. Whoever comes up with the best caption by the end of 11:59pm on Sunday wins. By best, I mean whichever I find the most amusing or clever. For example â€“ "drunkeness vs stupidity" or "The more I eat per day the fatter I will get." You get the idea. I'm sure you all can come up with something much better.

I'm making it one entry per person, so make it a good one, and make sure you use a valid email so that I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! I'm looking forward to what you all come up with.

My take:

“Height vs Length of red line”

:)

hehe, well, if no one else comments, you win

Amount of bonus payments vs amount of decline in bank share price

“How long you are married” vs “Intensity of your regret”

Just married, by the way ;)

“The more charts you use in a report ,The diligenter your boss thinks you are !”

ï¼ˆthe boss is a fool !ï¼‰

Curses upon you SÃ©rgio Nunes!

I was going to suggest: ‘Line length vs graph size’.

Now it’s more like ‘primacy of comment vs likehood of winning book’.

“Your Life on the Line”

Correlation does not imply causation.

x = the hurrier I go

y = the behinder I get

cups of coffee consumed vs. sarcastic comments (and need to pee)

Height of building Lehman’s Fuld and AIG’s Hank Greenberg will jump from when RTC gets created vs probability they will kill themselves.

X = Jewelry Gifts for Wife

Y = Amount of Sex in return

Age vs. Perceived Speed of Time Passage

It’s all relative – at age 10, a year is 10% of your life, so a year is a long time relative to your experience; at age 50, a year is 2% of your life, a short time relative to your experience.

“The line has been drawn! The opponents ready. It’s the horizontal X vs. the vertical Y. Let’s get ready to RUMBLE!!!”

The years of the Bush administration vs. the number of Bush’s mistakes … hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ;)

One more:

X: length of discussion thread.

Y: probability of seeing a Nazi analogy in comments.

Also known as Godwin’d law:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

This comment simply validates the theory.

;)

the Ying of artistic visualization vs the Yang of statistical data

The more balanced the ying and the yang, the more communicative the visualization of data

# of material things vs. unhappiness.

I guess given that this is for a book contest this is semi-ironic. :)

You may already know, but they have a lot of this kind of thing on websites like this:

http://graphjam.com/

haha, these are great everyone. keep em coming

Humor Quotient of Caption Entry v. Tragic Social Awkwardness

This graph represents the ratio of the number of times John McCain says “My friends…” to my desire to not be his friend.

Quality of Teaching versus Love of Learning

x: x

y: probability of the graph being linear (y = kx)

Figure 6.3: KU = alpha + beta * K where KU = number of known unknowns and U = number of unknowns (used with permission’; original data from the Midwest Journal of Statistical Epistemology)

I hope a correction doesn’t count as a second entry :-)

Figure 6.3. KU = alpha + beta*K, where KU = number of known unknowns and K = number of knowns, beta > 0 (p < 0.001) (used with permission; original data from the Midwest Journal of Statistical Epistemology)

Sexual arousal vs. proximity to your mom.

Married Couples Orgasm Chart

X: Husband’s Orgasms

Y: Wife’s Orgasms

“Severity of Crash vs. Length of Ramp”

monkeY sees what monkeX does

@Mitch – haha, i initially interpreted that the other way around and was a little worried about you.

Stupidity vs Ratings for American Idol

“Can profoundly influence the effectiveness of your ski jump”

@Mike â€œSeverity of Crash vs. Length of Rampâ€

Awesome! :)

Number of Theorem Proven vs Espresso Consumed

Number of captions submitted vs Chances of receiving a free book? :)

Number of things I have learned vs. things I have forgotten

X = number of blog posts

Y = number of contests sponsored

Y = k X

Silent K -

#This graph represents the ratio of the number of times John McCain says â€œMy friendsâ€¦â€ to my desire to not be his friend.#

Or the ratio of times he says “My friends” to HIS desire not to be friends.

x: level of self-referentiality of the caption

y: probability to actually win the contest

(so, this one is winning so far)

amount of knowledge and wealth possessed vs probability of not having faith in god

y = a + b x

acceptance of grey rainy days vs. time spent in Oregon

Empirical evidence of Murphy’s law.

x: things that can go wrong

y: things that will go wrong

Decreasing effectiveness of spam blocker

vs.

Penile insecurity

Nuts. That’s other way round. I always got that backwards on the first try in school.

Penile insecurity

vs.

Decreasing effectiveness of spam blocker.

Chances of Success vs. Self Discipline

Linear indeed!

learning

vs.

perceived geniuses

edit ( that was in the wrong way):

learning

vs.

disbelief in genius

# of Years Blogging vs. Irrelevancy of Postings

@Jay – hey now. is someone trying to tell me something?

HA! No, I love your blog, and have sent it to a ton of folks. In fact, my wife was vastly entertained by the “pie’ chart this morning (she loves pie AND graphic design). Sadly, the same cannot be said for much of what is out on them thar intarwebs…

roses are red

violets are blue

sometimes you’ll find

a line that’s red too

Fuel Efficiency of Vehicle

vs.

Likelihood of an Obama Sticker

Time spent in the real world vs. regret not to have taken the blue pill.

x: the more i try to think of a clever caption

y: the stupider the ideas i have for a caption

Arrow pointing southwest.

The road to (financial) hell vs. good intentions.

“Paper cut”