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Multivariate Topological Data Analysis


Speaker: Peter Kim, University of Guelph, Canada
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Tue, May 10 2011, 3:10PM

We examine the estimation of a signal embedded in white noise on a compact manifold. A sharp asymptotic minimax bound is determined under the sup-norm risk over Holder classes of functions and generalizes similar results available for spheres in various dimensions. The estimation allows for the development of a statistical Morse theory using the level sets of the estimated function and together with the sup-norm bound allows the bounding of the Hausdorff distance in a persistence diagram in computational algebraic topology. An application to MRI brain scans in an autism study will be discussed.