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The Department of Mathematics is a bustling place full of new ideas. We host several events that occur throughout the year, including seminars, colloquium, conferences, and social events. Our seminars and colloquium are open to the public: all students, faculty, or alumni who are interested are welcome to join us for exciting talks on the leading edge of mathematics research!

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Special Colloquium/Candidate Presentation: Efficient learning algorithms through geometry, and applications in cancer research

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245 Altgeld Hall and Zoom
Jan 24, 2022   3:00 pm  
Caroline Moosmueller (UCSD)
Jared Bronski

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Abstract:  In this talk, I will discuss how incorporating geometric information into classical learning algorithms can improve their performance. The main focus will be on optimal mass transport (OMT), which has evolved as a major method to analyze distributional data. In particular, I will show how embeddings can be used to build OMT-based classifiers, both in supervised and unsupervised learning settings. The proposed framework significantly reduces the computational effort and the required training data. Using OMT and other geometric data analysis tools, I will demonstrate applications in cancer research, focusing on the analysis of gene expression data and on protein dynamics.

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