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Spring 2015

Thursdays in 901 Van Vleck Hall at 2:25 PM, unless otherwise noted.

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Thursday, January 15, Miklos Racz, UC-Berkeley Stats

Title: Testing for high-dimensional geometry in random graphs

Abstract: I will talk about a random geometric graph model, where connections between vertices depend on distances between latent d-dimensional labels; we are particularly interested in the high-dimensional case when d is large. Upon observing a graph, we want to tell if it was generated from this geometric model, or from an Erdos-Renyi random graph. We show that there exists a computationally efficient procedure to do this which is almost optimal (in an information-theoretic sense). The key insight is based on a new statistic which we call "signed triangles". To prove optimality we use a bound on the total variation distance between Wishart matrices and the Gaussian Orthogonal Ensemble. This is joint work with Sebastien Bubeck, Jian Ding, and Ronen Eldan.

Thursday, January 22, TBA

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Thursday, January 29, Arnab Sen, University of Minnesota

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Thursday, February 5, TBA

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Thursday, February 12, TBA

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Thursday, February 19, TBA

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Thursday, February 26, Dan Crisan, Imperial College London

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Thursday, March 5, TBA

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Thursday, March 12, TBA

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Thursday, March 19, TBA

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Thursday, March 26, Elnur Emrah, UW-Madison

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