The Shape of Data

Speaker: Gunnar Carlsson

Date: Wed, Sep 19, 2012

Location: IRMACS Center, Simon Fraser University

Conference: Hot Topics in Computational Criminology

Subject: Social Sciences, Applied Mathematics

Class: Scientific, Applied


The notion of higher dimensional shape has turned out to be an important feature of data. It encodes the qualitative structure of data, and allows one to find useful distinct groups in data sets. Topology is the branch of mathematics which deals with shape, and in recent years methods from topology have been adapted for the study of data. This talk will survey these developments, with examples.