Inaugural and Plenary Addresses




Holistic Statistical Science; Image K.V. Mardia




Mardia and Gilks (2005) have identified three themes for statistical science in the 21st century.

  • First, statistics should be viewed in the broadest way for scientific explanation or prediction of any phenomenon.
  • Second, the future of statistics lies in a holistic approach to interdisciplinary research.
  • Third, a change of attitude is required by statisticians - a paradigm shift - for the subject to go forward.


LASR Workshops have been a showcase for many of the new emerging areas of statistical science.


It is my belief that the future of statistics lies in Holistic Statistical Science for advancing interdisciplinary research. If not, we can easily get trapped in the six blind men (one is hidden in the back!) parable. Jains have used the parable of six blind men for emphasising multi-facet aspect of truth (Anekandrad) for thousand of years!



1976 Do-it-yourself statistical analysis (Inaugural address). Leeds Review, 79-98.

1992 The Art of Statistical Science and Geof Watson. In The Art of Statistical Science. In honor of G. S. Watson. Wiley, New York, pp.3-7.

2002 Why is directional statistics pivotal to geosciences? Opening address at the 8th Annual Conference of IAMG, Proceedings Volume 1, pp41-47, Paris.

2004 LASR workshops and emerging methodologies. LASR2004 Proceedings, (Editors: R. G. Aykroyd, S. Barber and K. V. Mardia), Leeds University Press, pp. 7-15.

2004 Past revolutions and future prospects in science and statistics. In Proceedings of the International Sri Lankan Statistical Conference: Visions of Futuristic Methodologies, 2004, pp. 17-34. Editors B. M. de Silva and N. Mukhopadhyay, University of Peradeniya: Sri Lanka and RMI University, Melbourne: Australia.

2005 Meeting the statistical needs for the 21st century science (with W. Gilks). Significance, 2, 162-165.

2006 What is statistical bioinformatics? LASR2006 Proceedings. (Editors: S. Barber, P. D. Baxter, K. V. Mardia and R. E. Walls), Leeds University Press, pp17-24.

2006 LASR Workshop's silver anniversary and beyond. LASR2006 Proceedings, (Editors: S. Barber, P. D. Baxter, K. V. Mardia and R. E. Walls), Leeds University Press, pp. 9- 15.

2007 Why statistical shape analysis is pivotal to the modern pattern recognition. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Advances in Pattern Recognition, pp. 3-11, Ed. Pinakpani Pal, The World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore.

2007 Should geostatistics be model-based? IAMG 12th Conference Proceedings, Beijing, pp4-9.

2008 Holistic statistics and contemporary life sciences. LASR2008 Proceedings, (Editors: S. Barber, P.D. Baxter, A. Gusnanto and K.V. Mardia), Leeds University Press, pp.9-17.

2009 In Conversation with Prof. Kanti V. Mardia, appeared in the Research Newsletter of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, February 2009 [click here for the article].