2017 Presidential Address: The Magical Ewens Sampling Formula

An article by Professor Simon Tavaré, based on his Presidential Address given at the LMS AGM on 10 November 2017 and entitled ‘The Magical Ewens Sampling Formula’  has been published in the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society and is free to read. 

In this article, Professor Tavaré shares his view on developments around the theme of the Ewens sampling formula (ESF), which was first published 50 years ago (W.J. Ewens, ‘The Sampling Theory of Selectively Neutral Alleles’) illustrating the contribution of several of the Society’s past presidents to the theory around the ES.