Analyzing Data Full of Holes: Topological Data Analysis

Jessica Cisewski, Yale

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 3:30pm

Data exhibiting complicated spatial structures are common in many areas of science (e.g., cosmology, biology), but can be difficult to analyze. Persistent homology is an approach within the area of Topological Data Analysis (TDA) that offers a framework to represent, visualize, and interpret complex data by extracting topological features which may be used to infer properties of the underlying structures. For example, TDA is a beneficial technique for analyzing intricate and spatially complex web-like data such as the large-scale structure (LSS) of the Universe. The output from persistent homology, called persistence diagrams, summarizes the different order holes in the data (e.g., connected components, loops, voids). I will introduce persistent homology, present a unified framework for inference or prediction using functional transformations of persistence diagrams, and discuss how persistent homology can be used to locate cosmological voids and filament loops in the LSS of the Universe.

Seminars generally take place in 116 Old Chemistry Building on Fridays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. For additional information contact: karen.whitesell@duke.edu or phone 919-684-8029. Sorry, but we do not have reprints available. Please feel free to contact the authors by email for follow-up information, articles, etc. Reception following seminar in 203B Old Chemistry.

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