Algebraic Topology and Geometric Pattern Recognition

  • Date: 04/16/2007

Gunnar Carlsson (Stanford University)


University of British Columbia


With the "blizzard" of data being generated by scientists in all
disciplines, the development of tools for analyzing it has become a
very high priority task. In particular, methods for quick qualitative
analysis are of particular value. In this talk, I will describe one
such method, based on the mathematical formalism called homology
theory. I will discuss the mathematical background, how it is modified
to be able to deal with situations where there is noise and where one
has incomplete information, and finally illustrate with some examples.

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