Magnitude is an isometric invariant of metric spaces that was introduced by Tom Leinster in 2010, and is currently the object of intense research, since it has been shown to encode many invariants of a metric space such as volume, dimension, and capacity.
Magnitude homology is a homology theory for metric spaces that has been introduced by Hepworth-Willerton and Leinster-Shulman, and categorifies magnitude in a similar way as the singular homology of a topological space categorifies its Euler characteristic.
In this talk I will first introduce magnitude and magnitude homology. I will then give an overview of existing results and current research in this area, explain how magnitude homology is related to persistent homology, and finally discuss new stability results for magnitude and how it can be used to study point cloud data.
This talk is based on joint work in progress with Miguel O’Malley and Sara Kalisnik, as well as the preprint https://arxiv.org/abs/1807.01540.
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