Department of Mathematics

Indian Institute Of Technology Madras , Chennai

Homotopy Types of Euclidean Rips Complexes

Speaker : Dr. Ramesh Kasilingam, Department of Mathematics, IIT Madras


Abstract :

Given a finite sample of points from a metric space, what properties of the space can one recover from the finite sample? In this regard, one of the most commonly studied structures in Applied topology are Vietoris-Rips complexes, which associate a topological structure on the data points to recover more information in terms of homotopy type, homology groups, or persistent homology of the underlying space of the finite sample. It can in general be difficult to determine the homotopy type of a Vietoris-Rips complex, and only a little is understood about the homotopy types of the Vietoris-Rips complexes. In particular, it has been conjectured that the planar Rips complexes are homotopy equivalent to the wedge of spheres. In this talk, we first give a brief overview of topological data analysis, motivating the use of persistent homology as a suitable tool to solve the problem of extracting global topological information from a discrete sample of points. With describing what is known about the homotopy types of planar Rips complexes, we show that the above conjecture holds for the classes of Rips complexes with pseudo-manifold structure. Finally, we classify all possible finite closed pure Vietoris-Rips complexes of dimension 2 with certain homology condition.

Key Speaker Dr. Ramesh Kasilingam, Department of Mathematics, IIT Madras
Place NAC 522
Start Time 3:00 PM
Finish Time 4:00 PM
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