Welcome to Journal of Algebraic Statistics

Sonja Petrović, Ruriko Yoshida

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The Journal of Algebraic Statistics , the first journal dedicated to algebraic statistics, is an international electronic journal which is devoted to original research articles in the theory and application of algebraic statistics. This journal publishes articles that demonstrate high quality research results in algebraic statistics and related computational aspects including applications to biological and related sciences. The Journal welcomes research at the intersection of algebra, and statistics or operations research; specific topics might include algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, lattice theory, optimization, Markov bases, multivariate analysis, and Bayesian analysis.

Algebraic Statistics, as a defined field of study, is less than a decade old – it’s precise scope is still emerging. Historically, algebraic statistics has been used to simply indicate the use of algebra to advance statistical research – it began as far back as Sir R.A. Fisher, who used theory of Abelian groups for experimental design. However, since the turn of the century, the field has become more specialized and focused on application of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and geometric combinatorics to the study of statistical models for discrete and Gaussian random variables that are algebraic in nature.
Many of the motivating problems in algebraic statistics arise from problems in computational biology – hence, the Journal of Algebraic Statistics is an all-encompassing forum dedicated to bringing together researchers from a variety of interwoven fields including: statisticians, algebraists, mathematical biologists, geometers, system biologists, and others.

ISSN 1309-3452
Launched: January 2010
The journal is published annually.

Call for Papers - Special Issue on Computer Algebra in Algebraic Statistics

Guest Editors:

Hugo Maruri-Aguilar, Eduardo Sáenz-de-Cabezón, Henry P. Wynn

Algebraic statistics is considered as the use of algebraic geometry and commutative algebra in statistics. It exploits the use of algebraic techniques to develop new paradigms and algorithms for statistical problems, such as experimental design, phylogenetic invariants, parametric inference or graphical models. Problems in statistics may need the development of new algebraic results. Besides the theoretical interest of this interaction between algebra and statistics, the algorithmic and computational aspects are at the core of algebraic statistics. Applications to computational biology are particularly interesting in this respect.

Contributions are welcome on: 

  • All aspects of algebraic statistics in particular when considered from the point of view of potential applications.
  • Real applications of algebraic statistics in biology and other natural sciences, social science, engineering, industry, communications, business, computer science.
  • New, or improvements of existing, algorithms for computations in algebraic statistics.
  • Use of computer algebra systems to handle special problems and data using the techniques and concepts of algebraic statistics.

Paper submissions should follow the guidelines for JAS submissions. Submissions can be done through the online submission system of the Journal of Algebraic Statistics selecting the option "Special Issue JAS/ACA 2013"

AS2012 Special Issue Publication Announcement

JAS has published the first of a collection of special issues dedicated to AS2012, the "Algebraic Statistics in the Alleghenies" conference at Penn State, which took place in June 2012.

The second issue is in preparation for early 2013. Submissions for the final issue dedicated to AS2012 are still welcome.

AS2012 - Special Volume of JAS

To friends of algebraic statistics:

JAS will publish a collection of special issues on the occasion of the "Algebraic Statistics in the Alleghenies" conference at Penn State, which took place in June 2012.

The Journal of Algebraic Statistics is inviting submissions for its Special Volume, on the occasion of the Algebraic Statistics in the Alleghenies 2012, Conference at Penn State, which took place June 2012.

The Journal will publish work related to the talks presented at the conference, as well as any collaborative work that has come from- or been inspired by- conference attendance, or by main conference themes. (Conference information can be found at http://www.math.psu.edu/morton/aspsu2012/ .)

All conference participants are invited to submit. All submissions will undergo our usual refereeing process. For more questions, and submission information, don't hesitate to contact the Editors, or visit the journal's website: http://www.jalgstat.com/ .

The Journal is dedicating its next volume, with more then one issue, to this occasion. Submissions sent before August 15, 2012, will be published in the first issue; submissions sent before October 1, 2012, in the following issue. Further issues will be published regularly thereafter.

Sonja Petrovic and Ruriko Yoshida, Editors