Fri, 10 Jun 2022
Henri Riihimäki
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Directed graphs are a model for various phenomena in the
sciences. In topological data analysis particularly the advent of
applying topological tools to networks of brain neurons has spawned
interest in constructing topological spaces out of digraphs, developing
computational tools for obtaining topological information, and using
these to understand networks. At the end of the day, (homological)
computations of the spaces reveal something about the geometric
realisation, thereby losing the directionality information.

However, digraphs can also be associated with path algebras. We can now
consider applying Hochschild homology to extract information, hopefully
obtaining something more refined in terms of the combinatorics of the
directed edges and paths in the digraph. Unfortunately, Hochschild
homology tends to vanish beyond degree 1. We can overcome this by
considering different higher paths of simplices, and thus introduce
Hochschild homology of digraphs in higher degrees. Moreover, this
procedure gives an implementable persistence pipeline for network
analysis. This is a joint work with Luigi Caputi.

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