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Applied Interdisciplinary Mathematics (AIM)

Date:  Friday, November 01, 2019
Location:  1084 East Hall (3:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Information geometry: geometrizing statistical inference

Abstract:   Information Geometry is the differential geometric study of the manifold of probability models, where each probability distribution is just a point on the manifold. Instead of using metric for measuring distances on such manifolds, these applications often use "divergence functions" for measuring proximity of two points (that do not impose symmetry and triangular inequality), for instance Kullback-Leibler divergence, Bregman divergence, f-divergence, etc. Divergence functions are tied to generalized entropy (for instance, Tsallis entropy, Renyi entropy, phi-entropy) and cross-entropy functions widely used in machine learning and information sciences. After a brief introduction to IG, I illustrate the geometry of maximum entropy inference and exponential family. I then use a general form of entropy/cross-entropy/divergence function, and show how the geometry of the underlying probability manifold (deformed exponential family) reveals an "escort statistics" that is hidden from the standard exponential family.


Speaker:  Jun Zhang
Institution:  University of Michigan

Event Organizer:   Peter Miller


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