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Algebraic Statistics December 15, 2008 - December 18, 2008
Registration Deadline: December 01, 2008 over 15 years ago
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Organizers Serkan Hosten (SFSU), Lior Pachter (UCB), Bernd Sturmfels (UCB)

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Algebraic statistics is a maturing discipline focused on the applications of algebraic geometry and its computational tools in the study of statistical models. Initial results in the area were related to specific problems in categorial data analysis and experimental design, however a flurry of activity during the past several years has greatly increased the scope of the subject. Areas of interest now include graphical models, maximum likelihood estimation and Bayesian methods. Moreover, a strong connection has developed to applications in the physical and biological sciences. The field draws its tools not only from computational algebraic geometry but also from tropical, convex, and information geometry. Moreover, research in algebraic statistics has led to new directions in those fields. The workshop will be a meeting point for students and leaders in the field. It will present a focused activity parallel to the 2008-2009 program on Algebraic Methods in Systems Biology and Statistics being hosted by the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. See below for the workshop schedule. Accomodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Rose Garden Inn. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-992-9005 OR directly on their website. Click on Corporate at the bottom of the screen and when prompted enter code MATH (this code is not case sensitive). By using this code a new calendar will appear and will show MSRI rate on all room types available. The cut-off date for reservations is December 1, 2008. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Please mention the workshop name and reference the following code when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail: 0812MSRIAL. The cut-off date for reservations is NOVEMBER 14, 2008.
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Students, recent PhDs, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Dec 15, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Conditional independence structures and polyhedra
Milan Studeny
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Algebraic Statistics and Disclosure Limitation Problems
Aleksandra Slavkovich
01:30 PM - 02:10 PM
  Non-commutative harmonic analysis in machine learning
Risi Kondor (University of Chicago; Flatiron Institute)
02:20 PM - 03:00 PM
  Markov basis for p1 random graph models
Sonja Petrovic
03:30 PM - 04:10 PM
  Hierarchical models for random permutations
Villo Csiszar
04:20 PM - 05:00 PM
  Algebraic models for higher-order correlations
Lek-Heng Lim (University of Chicago)
Dec 16, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Perturbation method for determining group of invariance of hierarchical models
Akimichi takemura
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Phylogenetic invariants
Marta Casanellas
01:30 PM - 02:10 PM
  Semi-algebraic description of conditional independence tree models for binary data
Piotr Zwiernik
02:20 PM - 03:00 PM
  Towards the salmon conjecture
Luke Oeding (Auburn University)
03:30 PM - 04:10 PM
  Markov bases of binary graph models
Serguei Norine
04:20 PM - 05:00 PM
  "Equations for hidden Markov and related models"
Alexander Schoenhuth
Dec 17, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  On the natural geometry of exponential families
Nihat Ay
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Algebraic Geometrical Method in Singular Statistical Estimation
Sumio Watanabe
01:30 PM - 02:10 PM
  Asymptotic Approximation of Marginal Likelihood Integrals
Shaowei Lin
02:20 PM - 03:00 PM
  Finiteness of small factor analysis models
Han Xiao
03:30 PM - 04:10 PM
  Exactness in numerical algebraic computations
Daniel Bates
04:20 PM - 05:00 PM
  Moment matrices and real root finding
Philipp Rostalski
Dec 18, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  First steps toward the geometry of cophylogeny
Ruriko Yoshida (Naval Postgraduate School)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Algebraic statistics in non-parametric information geometry"
Giovanni Pistone (Collegio Carlo alberto)
01:30 PM - 02:10 PM
  Hypothesis Testing For The Wishart Distributions Over A Lorentz Cone
Ahmad Yasamin
02:20 PM - 03:00 PM
  Commuting birth-and-death processes
Caroline Uhler
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Finiteness theorems in algebraic statistics
Seth Sullivant (North Carolina State University)