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MSRI/Evans Lecture: New Applications of Algebraic Topology March 10, 2014 (04:00 PM PDT - 05:00 PM PDT)
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Location: 60 Evans Hall
Speaker(s) Gunnar Carlsson (Stanford University)
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Algebraic Topology is a library of techniques for, in an appropriate sense, measuring shapes.  It has long been understood, via the work of Weil, Quillen, Deligne, and many others that analogues of these techniques can give very interesting information about problems in other disciplines.  Deligne's solution of a family of conjectures of Weil in the 1970's is a prime example.  Over the last 10-15 years, a new family of such applications directed at the notion of "Big Data" has been constructed.  We will discuss these developments with examples.

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