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May 2015

Joint Probability and Ergodic Theory Seminar: Riddhi Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University

May 8, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dynamics of Distal Group Actions An automorphism T of a locally compact group is said to be distal if the closure of the T-orbit of any nontrivial element stays away from the identity. We discuss some properties of distal actions on groups. We will also relate distal groups with behaviour of powers of probability measures on it. Refreshments will be served at 12:30pm in the 3rd floor lounge of Hanes Hall

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November 2015

Probability Seminar: Louis-Pierre Arguin, Baruch College

November 5, 2015 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The maximum of the characteristic polynomial of random unitary matrices A recent conjecture of Fyodorov, Hiary & Keating (FHK) states that the maxima of the characteristic polynomial of random unitary matrices behave like the maxima of a specific class of Gaussian fields, the so-called log-correlated Gaussian fields. These include important examples such as branching Brownian motion and the 2D Gaussian free field. In this talk, we will highlight the connections between the two problems. We will outline the proof of…

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April 2016

Probability Seminar: Harry Crane, Rutgers University

April 21, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Probabilistic symmetries in networks I discuss various refinements and extensions of the principle of exchangeability, focusing on 3 specific cases: 1. Relative exchangeability, by which the distribution of a random graph is invariant with respect to the symmetries of some other structure. 2. Combinatorial Markov processes for temporally varying networks. 3. Edge exchangeable random graphs, a new invariance principle that resolves a major challenge in modeling network datasets that are sparse and/or exhibit power law degree distributions. Each case leads…

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September 2016

Probability Seminar: Haya Kaspi, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

September 15, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

An Infinite-Dimensional Skorohod Map and Continuous Parameter Priorities (Joint work with Rami Atar, Anup Biswas and Kavita Ramanan) The Skorokhod map on the half-line has proved to be a useful tool for studying processes with non-negativity constraints. In this lecture I will introduce a measure-valued analog of this map that transforms each element of a certain class of càdlàg paths that take values in the space of signed measures on the positive half line to a càdlàg path that takes…

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November 2016

Probability Seminar: Jay Newby, UNC-CH

November 3, 2016 @ 3:30 am - 4:30 pm

Probability Seminar Thursday, November 3, 2016 Hanes 125 4:15 PM Jay Newby University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill   An artificial neural network approach to automated particle tracking analysis of 2D and 3D microscopy videos Tracking of microscopic species is one of the most utilized experimental technologies in materials science, biophysics, tissue engineering and nanomedicine.  The goal is to draw inferences (e.g., viscous and elastic moduli, mesh spacings, passage times) by statistical analysis of particle traces.  This in turn allows for…

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December 2016

Probability Seminar: Dieter Mitsche, Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis

December 1, 2016 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

 “On the spectral gap of random hyperbolic graphs”   Random hyperbolic graphs have been suggested as a promising model of social networks. A few of their fundamental parameters have been studied. However, none of them concerns their spectra. We consider the random hyperbolic graph model as formalized by Gugelmann et al. and essentially determine the spectral gap of their normalized Laplacian. Specifically, we establish that with high probability the second smallest eigenvalue of the normalized Laplacian of the giant component…

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January 2017

Probability Seminar: Michael Perlmutter, UNC-CH

January 19 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Michael Perlmutter UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Statistics and Operations Research   Martingale Transforms and their Applications to Harmonic Analysis Martingale transform methods are a powerful tool for the study of many operators of classical interest in harmonic analysis such as the Riesz transforms and the Beurling-Ahlfors transform. In particular, these methods allow us to transfer D.L. Burkholder’s sharp constant, p*-1, for the boundedness of martingale transforms to a large class of analytic operators. I will discuss the history of such…

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April 2017

Probability Seminar: Wilfrid Kendall, University of Warwick

April 27 @ 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Wilfrid Kendall University of Warwick   A Dirichlet Form approach to MCMC Optimal Scaling (Joint with Giacomo Zanella and Mylene Bédard) In this talk I will discuss the use of Dirichlet forms to deliver proofs of optimal scaling results for Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms (specifically, Metropolis-Hastings random walk samplers) under regularity conditions which are substantially weaker than those required by the original approach (based on the use of infinitesimal generators). The Dirichlet form method has the added advantage of…

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