Probability and Statistics: Foundations and History. In honor of Glenn Shafer

  in Special Issue   Posted on May 5, 2020

Information for the Special Issue

Special Issue Call for Papers:

Glenn Shafer will be 75 in November 2021. This Special Issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning in his honor, and on occasion of this event, will be devoted to the main areas of his research.

Glenn’s main research interest has been in the foundations of probability and statistics. While he was still a PhD student he became interested in Arthur Dempster’s novel ideas in statistical inference, developing them into what later became known as Dempster-Shafer theory. He continued with deep analyses of causality and graphical models, contributing both to their mathematics and to their philosophy. Later he greatly contributed to developing Philip Dawid’s prequential principle, to overcome limitations of measure-theoretic probability. His interest in the foundations has been complemented and reinforced by his interest in the history of probability and statistics.

The Special Issue will mainly contain original research articles written by Glenn’s colleagues and fellow researchers, describing new developments and results in the areas in which Glenn has been active, including:

  • Theory of belief functions;
  • Graphical models and causal inference;
  • Game-theoretic probability;
  • Conformal prediction;
  • History of probability and statistics.

We also plan to publish some review articles describing the most important historical and recent developments in these areas.

You are invited to submit an article (either an original research article or a review) to this Special Issue.

If you are potentially interested but have some questions, please feel free to discuss your idea with the guest editor who you feel is closest to the topic of your possible article. It is particularly important to contact us if you would like to write a review, in order to avoid overlaps. We will be happy to hear from you.

All submitted papers will undergo the standard review process of the journal. When preparing your paper, please follow the Guide for Authors available at

This Special Issue will use American English. Please select SI:Shafer as the article type when submitting your paper.

Submission Deadline: 21 October 2020

Final acceptance decisions: 21 July 2021

Special Issue published in hard copy and online: 21 November 2021

Guest Editors:

John C. Aldrich,
Department of Economics, University of Southampton, UK

Emeritus Professor A. Philip Dawid, FRS
Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge, UK

Prof. Thierry Denoeux
Department of Computer Science, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

Prof. Prakash P. Shenoy
School of Business, University of Kansas, USA

Prof. Vladimir Vovk
Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

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