Algebraic Statistics


Bernd Sturmfels

UC Berkeley

Northeastern University

Thursday, January  27, 2005


Talk at 4:30 p.m. in 509 Lake Hall

Tea at 4:00 p.m. in 544 Nightingale Hall


Abstract:   Many widely used statistical models for discrete data are algebraic varieties, that is, solution sets to systems of polynomial equations. We discuss this algebraic representation and its implications for statistical problems such as maximum likelihood estimation. Special emphasis is placed on models which are used in computational biology.

Here are some directions to Northeastern University. Lake Hall and Nightingale Hall can be best accessed from the entrance on the corner of Greenleaf Street and Leon Street. The two halls are connected, with no well-defined boundary in between. In particular, 509 Lake Hall is on the same corridor as 544 Nightingale Hall.

There is free parking available for people coming to the Colloquium at Northeastern's visitor parking (Rennaisance Garage). The entrance is from Columbus Avenue. If coming by car, you should park there and take the parking talon. After the lecture, you may pick up the payment coupon from Maxim Braverman.

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