Special Issue on Dependable Reasoning about
GUEST EDITOR: DANIEL BERLEANT
Reliable Computing, the journal of interval mathematics and reliable numerical
computations, will devote a special issue to papers that address dependable han-
dling of uncertainty. Diverse problems in important ﬁelds such as risk, reliability,
measurement interpretation, signal processing, control, and decision theory, and in
applications as varied as insurance and ﬁnance, mathematical ecology, and many
others can beneﬁt from inference under conditions in which uncertainty is inher-
ent in the problem, and further, in which understanding of the uncertainty itself is
vague, conﬂicting, or otherwise incomplete. Traditional approaches, such as mak-
ing assumptions as needed to allow problem solution by traditional means, are often
thought necessary or used without sufﬁcient attention to the dependability of the
results. Due to such problems, there is growing interest as well as a growing body of
results on innovative ways to dependably handle uncertainties that are incompletely
characterized, vague, imprecise, etc.
Relevant work falls under various overlapping subject categories. A non-
exhaustive list of such relevant areas would include, for example, interval-valued
probabilities, dependency bounds, given marginals, rough sets, stochastic num-
bers, robust statistics, upper and lower previsions, imprecise probabilities, copulas,
fuzzy computations, possibility, and plausibility. Common themes and problems
in the dependable handling of uncertainty imply potential opportunities for con-
vergences, interrelationships, and cross-fertilization, as well as recognition and
exposure among the various areas.
Papers are sought reporting advances in dependable handling of uncertainty.
Papers may communicate progress in theory, application, experimental results,
and software. Insightful survey papers may emphasize comparison between and
among areas, or provide information of value to researchers in related areas. Short
papers and essays may also be oriented toward foresight, historical reﬂection,
potentials, pitfalls, and other perspectives, as such contributions can help illuminate
this expanding ﬁeld.
Information about the journal may be obtained at http://www.wkap.nl/
prod/j/1385-3139. Contributions and questions may be submitted by