Farzana Nasrin (University of Hawaiʻi)

December 1, 2020 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 am
Lecture held in Elysium

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.

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.