Algorithmic Randomness: Mathematical Progress and Philosophical Promise
Minds and Machines
Call for Extended Abstracts
Deadline May 31, 2014
Minds and Machines is pleased to invite extended abstracts for “Algorithmic Randomness: Mathematical Progress and Philosophical Promise,” a special issue edited by Christopher Porter of Université Paris 7.
Over roughly the past fifteen years, research in the subject of algorithmic randomness has flourished. Despite the many developments in the theory of algorithmic randomness over this period of time, there has been little reflection on the philosophical significance of these developments. One plausible reason for this gap in the philosophical literature is the highly technical nature of work on algorithmic randomness.
The focus of the special issue is two-fold: (1) to provide an accessible point of entry into recent developments in algorithmic randomness, and (2) to provide a forum for philosophical reflection on these developments. The editor invites articles on topics in the theory of algorithmic randomness that illustrate the various roles that algorithmic randomness plays in computational, statistical, and mathematical practice, as well as submissions addressing various issues in the philosophy of algorithmic randomness. The editor especially encourages submissions concerned with (i) whether and to what extent the theory of algorithmic randomness provides insight into the concept of randomness, (ii) the relationship between randomness and computation, and (iii) the ways in which algorithmic randomness illuminates various uses of randomness in classical mathematics.
Anyone interested in contributing to the special issue must submit an extended abstract of one to three pages by May 31, 2014. The abstract is a proposal for a full paper the author thereby agrees to submit by January 31, 2015 if his or her proposal has been approved by the editor of the special issue. Each full paper will thereupon undergo peer review.
A primary goal of the special issue is to open new interdisciplinary avenues for discussion of the significance of algorithmic randomness, potentially bringing mathematicians, computer scientists, statisticians, and philosophers of mathematics / computer science / science together in dialogue.
Deadline for extended abstracts: May 31, 2014.
To submit an extended abstract, follow the instructions at the website for submissions:
When prompted to choose an article type, select “SI: Algorithmic Randomness.”
Inquiries may be directed to:
Christopher P. Porter