Title: A family of metrics connecting Jaccard distance to normalized information distance

by Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen (University of Hawaii at Manoa) as part of Computability theory and applications

Abstract

Distance metrics are used in a wide variety of scientific contexts. In a 2001 paper in the journal Bioinformatics, M. Li, Badger, Chen, Kwong, and Kearney introduced an information-based sequence distance. It is analogous to the famous Jaccard distance on finite sets. Soon thereafter, M. Li, Chen, X. Li, Ma and Vitányi (2004) rejected that distance in favor of what they call the normalized information distance (NID). Raff and Nicholas (2017) proposed a return to the Bioinformatics distance, based on further application-informed criteria.

We attempt to shed some light on this “dispute” by showing that the Jaccard distance and the NID analogue form the extreme points of the set of metrics within a family of semimetrics studied by Jiménez, Becerra, and Gelbukh (2013).

The NID is based on Kolmogorov complexity, and Terwijn, Torenvliet and Vitányi (2011) showed that it is neither upper semicomputable nor lower semicomputable. Our result gives a 2-dimensional family including the NID as an extreme point. It would be interesting to know if any of these functions are semicomputable.

Title: The probability of commuting subgroups in arbitrary lattices of subgroups

by Seid Kassaw (University of Cape Town) as part of Topological Groups

Lecture held in Elysium.

Abstract

The subgroup commutativity degree $sd(G)$ of a finite group $G$ was introduced

almost ten years ago and deals with the number of commuting subgroups in the

subgroup lattice $L(G)$ of $G$. The extremal case $sd(G) = 1$ detects a class of groups

classified by Iwasawa in 1941 (in fact, $sd(G)$ represents a probabilistic measure which

allows us to understand how far $G$ is from the groups of Iwasawa). This means

$sd(G) = 1$ if and only if $G$ is the direct product of its Sylow $p$-subgroups and these

are all modular; or equivalently $G$ is a nilpotent modular group. Therefore, $sd(G)$ is

strongly related to structural properties of $L(G)$ and $G$.

In this talk, we introduce a new notion of probability $gsd(G)$ in which two arbitrary sublattices $S(G)$ and $T(G)$ of $L(G)$ are involved simultaneously. In case

$S(G) = T(G) = L(G)$, we find exactly $sd(G)$. Upper and lower bounds for $gsd(G)$

are shown and we study the behaviour of $gsd(G)$ with respect to subgroups and

quotients, showing new numerical restrictions. We present the commutativity

and subgroup commutativity degree for infinite groups and put some open problems

for further generalization.

Title: Complexity of root-taking in power series fields & related problems

by Karen Lange (Wellesley College) as part of Computability theory and applications

Abstract

In earlier work with Knight and Solomon, we bounded the computational complexity of the root-taking process over Puiseux and Hahn series, two kinds of generalized power series. But it is open whether the bounds given are optimal. By looking at the most basic steps in the root-taking process for Hahn series, we together with Hall and Knight became interested in the complexity of problems associated with well-ordered subsets of a fixed ordered abelian group. Here we provide an overview of the results so far in both these settings.

Title: Bayesian Statistics, Topology and Machine Learning for Complex Data Analysis

by Farzana Nasrin (University of Hawaiʻi) as part of Topological Groups

Lecture held in Elysium.

Abstract

Analyzing and classifying large and complex datasets are generally challenging. Topological data analysis, that builds on techniques from topology, is a natural fit for this. Persistence diagram is a powerful tool that originated in topological data analysis that allows retrieval of important topological and geometrical features latent in a dataset. Data analysis and classification involving persistence diagrams have been applied in numerous applications. In this talk, I will provide a brief introduction of topological data analysis, focusing primarily on persistence diagrams, and a Bayesian framework for inference with persistence diagrams. The goal is to provide a supervised machine learning algorithm in the space of persistence diagrams. This framework is applicable to a wide variety of datasets. I will present applications in materials science, biology, and neuroscience.

Title: Pseudocompact Paratopological and Quasitopological Groups

by Mikhail Tkachenko (Metropolitan Autonomous University) as part of Topological Groups

Lecture held in Elysium.

Abstract

Pseudocompactness is an interesting topological property which acquires very specific

features when applied to different algebrotopological objects. A celebrated theorem

of Comfort and Ross published in 1966 states that the Cartesian product of an arbitrary

family of pseudocompact topological groups is pseudocompact. We present a survey

of results related to the validity or failure of the Comfort-Ross’ theorem in the realm of

semitopological and paratopological groups and give some examples showing that

pseudocompactness fails to be stable when taking products of quasitopological groups.