Sandy Zabell Director of Undergraduate Studies; Professor of Statistics and Mathematics

Research Interests

My principal research interests revolve around mathematical probability (in particular, large deviation theory) and Bayesian statistics (in particular, the study of exchangeability). I am also interested in the history, philosophical foundations, and legal applications of probability and statistics.

My primary applied interest is DNA identification evidence, and more generally the use of science in law. My current historical interest is the use of cryptography during WWII.

Recent Publications

Symmetry and its Discontents.  Book, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Commentary on Alan M. Turing: The applications of probability to cryptography. Cryptologia 36 (2012),191–214. [Invited commentary on a wartime paper by Alan Turing, released by the UK authorities in April, 2012.]

Statistics at Bletchley Park. In Breaking Teleprinter Ciphers at Bletchley Park: An edition of I.J. Good, Michie and G. Timms: General Report on Tunny with Emphasis on Statistical Methods (1945), (W. Diffie, J. V. Field, and J. A. Reeds, eds.), Wiley–IEEE Press (2015), pp. lxxv-ci.

Symmetry arguments in probability. In The Oxford Handbook of Probability and Philosophy (Alan Hajek and Christopher Hitchcock, eds.), Oxford University Press, 2016, Chapter 15 (pp. 315–338).

On Student's 1908 paper "The probable error of the mean". Special invited paper, Journal of the American Statistical Association 103 (2008), pp.1--7.