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Self-interacting processes, supersymmetry, and Bayesian statistics

September 23 to September 27, 2019

at the

American Institute of Mathematics, San Jose, California

organized by

Persi Diaconis, Margherita Disertori, Christophe Sabot, and Pierre Tarres

This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to self-interacting processes and their interaction with supersymmetry, Bayesian statistics and de Finetti-type theorems.

Non-Markovian random walks have emerged as a central topic in modern probability, including models with long-memory effects produced by self-interaction or the influence of a random media. Recent progress hints for deep relations with supersymmetric field theory, Anderson localisation or some theoretical aspects of Bayesian statistics. The meeting will gather experts from different areas, aiming at a better understanding of these relations and at developing new ideas to handle some of the most challenging models.

The main topics for the workshop are:

  • Self-interacting processes (SIP). Several challenging self-interacting processes, including once-reinforced process, nonlinear reinforced processes and vertex reinforced process, do not have exchangeability property. Specific techniques need to be developed for these models.

  • Supersymmetry and Anderson localisation. The edge reinforced random walk and vertex reinforced jump process have shown explicit relationships with the a nonlinear supersymmetric sigma-model and a specific random Schroedinger operator. Natural questions emerge from this correspondence such as: is this correspondence a particular instance of a more general picture; what can be learned from the techniques developed for Anderson localisation and what can be proved for these SIP which is not accessible for Anderson localisation (e.g. strong localisation in 2D)?

  • de Finetti type theorems. One of the underlying forces at work is the repeated reinvention of de Finetti type theorems, which appear in different contexts as SIP, quantum information, Bose-Einstein condensation, etc., and have applications in Bayesian statistics. The workshop will explore connections between these complementary views.

The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.

Space and funding is available for a few more participants. If you would like to participate, please apply by filling out the on-line form no later than March 23, 2019. Applications are open to all, and we especially encourage women, underrepresented minorities, junior mathematicians, and researchers from primarily undergraduate institutions to apply.

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