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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Stability of Probabilistic Models
Seminar:Job Candidate Talk
Speaker:Christopher Hoffman
Abstract:
Many probabilistic models are designed to explain objects we find in nature. Unfortunately it is almost always impossible to capture the intricacies of a physical system in a mathematically tractable model. So if our models are to do a good job of explaining what we see in nature, then it is important that the basic properties of our models persist under small perturbations. In this talk I will introduce three well study probabilistic models: simple random walk on ${\mathbb Z}^d$, percolation and Markov chains. I will describe their basic properties and examine how stable those properties are under small perturbations.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:12 / 16 / 2013
Time:01:30pm - 02:30pm