7 June 2017
SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry
The use of topological persistence in contemporary data analysis has provided considerable impetus for investigations into the geometric and functional-analytic structure of the space of persistence modules. In this paper, we isolate a coherence criterion which guarantees the extensibility of nonexpansive maps into this space across embeddings of the domain to larger ambient metric spaces. Our coherence criterion is category-theoretic, allowing Kan extensions to provide the desired extensions. Our main construction gives an isometric embedding of a metric space into the metric space of persistence modules with values in the spacetime of this metric space. As a consequence of such “higher interpolation,” it becomes possible to compare Vietoris–Rips and Cech complexes built ˇ within the space of persistence modules.
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