Forthcoming Seminars

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11 June 2018
14:00
Renaud Lamboitte
Abstract

In the last years complex networks tools contributed to provide insights on the structure of research, through the study of collaboration, citation and co-occurrence networks. The network approach focuses on pairwise relationships, often compressing multidimensional data structures and inevitably losing information. In this paper we propose for the first time a simplicial complex approach to word co-occurrences, providing a natural framework for the study of higher-order relations in the space of scientific knowledge. Using topological methods we explore the conceptual landscape of mathematical research, focusing on homological holes, regions with low connectivity in the simplicial structure. We find that homological holes are ubiquitous, which suggests that they capture some essential feature of research practice in mathematics. Holes die when a subset of their concepts appear in the same article, hence their death may be a sign of the creation of new knowledge, as we show with some examples. We find a positive relation between the dimension of a hole and the time it takes to be closed: larger holes may represent potential for important advances in the field because they separate conceptually distant areas. We also show that authors' conceptual entropy is positively related with their contribution to homological holes, suggesting that polymaths tend to be on the frontier of research.

  • Applied Algebra and Topology
11 June 2018
15:45
MIKHAIL KHRISTOFOROV
Abstract

We will discuss the percolation model on the hexagonal grid. In 2001 S. Smirnov proved conformal invariance of its scaling limit through the use of a tricky auxiliary combinatorial construction.

We present a more conceptual approach, implying that the construction in question can be thought of as geometrically natural one.

The main goal of the talk is to make it believable that not all nice and useful objects in the field have been already found.

No background is required.

  • Stochastic Analysis Seminar

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