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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Geometry of maximum likelihood estimation in Gaussian graphical models
Seminar:Applied Algebra and Network Theory Seminar
Speaker:Caroline Uhler, U.C. Berkeley
Abstract:
We study maximum likelihood estimation in Gaussian graphical models from a geometric point of view. In current applications of statistics, we are often faced with problems involving a large number of random variables, but only a small number of observations. An algebraic elimination criterion allows us to find exact lower bounds on the number of observations needed to ensure that the maximum likelihood estimator exists with probability one. This is applied to bipartite graphs and grids, leading to the first instance of a graph for which the maximum likelihood estimator exists with probability one even when the number of observations equals the treewidth of the graph.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:09 / 14 / 2011
Time:02:30pm - 03:20pm