This is my series on teaching statistics with cartoons. Finally we’re getting to “statistical” examples: Figures, graphs, visualisation techniques… Have fun with implementation no. 3: Descriptive statistics!

Descriptive Statistics

“Pie charts have been used for jokes before, arguably their only good purpose.”

Paul Van der Laken

And right he is. This one especially can keep me grinning for quite some time. Even if it is a kind of old joke by now… ;-P

This. Because it is just very very cool.

Look here to read people discussing how to achieve this:

I use this to show students imaginative things you can do with charts. The x-axis is time, a line is a character (or group of characters) and they move together or apart. Love it.

Details explained here:


Doug Savage has quite a number of “Brilliant!” cartoons. I like this one about the amazing discoveries made in charts…Make sure you know what it is you are presenting!





This one is so new I haven’t had the chance to use it yet. But isn’t it great? <3

See here if confused:















The flaw of averages… doesn’t need any words. But check out Danzigers work!










I really do like boxplots. Never used one for this reason, though. šŸ˜‰


I hope you enjoyed these cartoons as much as I did!

I am sure, there’s much more out there and I’d be delighted if you shared the ones you know and love with me!

About the Author

My name is Sophie, I am a prehistoric archaeologist and have been research associate at the University of Bonn and the Cologne Digital Archaeology Lab (CoDArchLab) of the Archaeological Institute at the University of Cologne, Germany. I teach statistics for archaeologists, work on new methods in settlement archaeology (GIS, geostatistics in R and stuff) and am interested in archaeogaming.

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