## Measure-Theoretic Dvoretzky Theorem and Applications to Data Science

- Probability,Uploaded Videos ( 1451 Views )SEPC 2021 in honor of Elizabeth Meckes. Slides from the talks and more information are available <a href="https://services.math.duke.edu/~rtd/SEPC2021/SEPC2021.html">at this link (here).</a>

## Oliver Tough : The Fleming-Viot Particle System with McKean-Vlasov dynamics

- Probability,Uploaded Videos ( 1332 Views )Quasi-Stationary Distributions (QSDs) describe the long-time behaviour of killed Markov processes. The Fleming-Viot particle system provides a particle representation for the QSD of a Markov process killed upon contact with the boundary of its domain. Whereas previous work has dealt with killed Markov processes, we consider killed McKean-Vlasov processes. We show that the Fleming-Viot particle system with McKean-Vlasov dynamics provides a particle representation for the corresponding QSDs. Joint work with James Nolen.

## Roman Vershynin : Mathematics of synthetic data and privacy

- Probability,Uploaded Videos ( 1110 Views )An emerging way to protect privacy is to replace true data by synthetic data. Medical records of artificial patients, for example, could retain meaningful statistical information while preserving privacy of the true patients. But what is synthetic data, and what is privacy? How do we define these concepts mathematically? Is it possible to make synthetic data that is both useful and private? I will tie these questions to a simple-looking problem in probability theory: how much information about a random vector X is lost when we take conditional expectation of X with respect to some sigma-algebra? This talk is based on a series of papers with March Boedihardjo and Thomas Strohmer.

## Brian Rider : Log-gases and Tracy-Widom laws

- Probability ( 201 Views )The now ubiquitous Tracy-Widom laws were first discovered in the context of the Gaussian Orthogonal, Unitary, and Symplectic Ensembles (G{O/U/S}E) of random matrix theory. The latter may be viewed as logarithmic gases with quadratic (Gaussian) potential at three special inverses temperatures (beta=1,2,4). A few years back, Jose Ramirez, Balint Virag, and I showed that that one obtains generalizations of the Tracy-Widom laws at all inverse temperatures (beta>0), though still for quadratic potentials. I'll explain how similar ideas (and considerably more labor) extends the result to general potential, general temperature log-gases. This is joint work with Manjunath Krishnapur and Balint Virag.

## Jeremy Quastel : The effect of noise on KPP traveling fronts

- Probability ( 156 Views )It was noticed experimentally in the late 90's that the speeds of traveling fronts in microscopic systems approximating the KPP equation converge unusually slowly to their continuum values. Brunet and Derrida made a very precise conjecture for the basic model equation, which is the KPP equation perturbed by white noise. We will explain the conjecture and sketch the main ideas of the proof. This is joint work with Carl Mueller and Leonid Mytnik.

## Zachary Bezemek : Interacting particle systems in multiscale environments: asymptotic analysis

- Probability ( 138 Views )This talk is an overview of my thesis work, which consists of 3 projects exploring the effect of multiscale structure on a class of interacting particle systems called weakly interacting diffusions. In the absence of multiscale structure, we have a collection of N particles, with the dynamics of each being described by the solution to a stochastic differential equation (SDE) whose coefficients depend on that particle's state and the empirical measure of the full particle configuration. It is well known in this setting that as N approaches infinity, the particle system undergoes the ``propagation of chaos,'' and its corresponding sequence of empirical measures converges to the law of the solution to an associated McKean-Vlasov SDE. Meanwhile, in our multiscale setting, the coefficients of the SDEs may also depend on a process evolving on a timescale of order 1/\epsilon faster than the particles. As \epsilon approaches 0, the effect of the fast process on the particles' dynamics becomes deterministic via stochastic homogenization. We study the interplay between homogenization and the propagation of chaos via establishing large deviations and moderate deviations results for the multiscale particles' empirical measure in the combined limit as N approaches infinity and \epsilon approaches 0. Along the way, we derive rates of homogenization for slow-fast McKean-Vlasov SDEs.

## Tobias Johnson : Galton-Watson fixed points, tree automata, and interpretations

- Probability ( 117 Views )Consider a set of trees such that a tree belongs to the set if and only if at least two of its root child subtrees do. One example is the set of trees that contain an infinite binary tree starting at the root. Another example is the empty set. Are there any other sets satisfying this property other than trivial modifications of these? I'll demonstrate that the answer is no, in the sense that any other such set of trees differs from one of these by a negligible set under a Galton-Watson measure on trees, resolving an open question of Joel Spencer's. This follows from a theorem that allows us to answer questions of this sort in general. All of this is part of a bigger project to understand the logic of Galton-Watson trees, which I'll tell you more about. Joint work with Moumanti Podder and Fiona Skerman.

## Amarjit Budhiraja : Invariant measures of the infinite Atlas model: domains of attraction, extremality, and equilibrium fluctuations.

- Probability ( 113 Views )The infinite Atlas model describes a countable system of competing Brownian particles where the lowest particle gets a unit upward drift and the rest evolve as standard Brownian motions. The stochastic process of gaps between the particles in the infinite Atlas model has a one parameter family {p(a), a > 0} of product form mutually singular stationary distributions. We say that an initial distribution of gaps is in the weak domain of attraction of the stationary measure p(a) if the time averaged laws of the stochastic process of the gaps, when initialized using that distribution, converge to p(a) weakly in the large time limit. We provide general sufficient conditions on the initial gap distribution of the Atlas particles for it to lie in the weak domain of attraction of p(a) for each a. Results on extremality and ergodicity of p(a) will be presented. Finally, I will describe some recent results on fluctuations of the Atlas model from inhomogeneous stationary profiles. This is based on joint work with Sayan Banerjee and Peter Rudzis.

## Paul Tupper : A Framework for Modelling and Simulating Systems Satisfying Detailed Balance

- Probability ( 108 Views )We propose a framework for modelling stochastic systems which satisfy detailed balance (or in other terminology, time-reversibility). Rather than specifying the dynamics through a state-dependent drift and diffusion coefficients, we specify an equilibrium probability density and a state-dependent diffusion coefficient. We argue that our framework is more natural from the modelling point of view and has a distinct advantage in situations where either the equilibrium probability density or the diffusion coefficient is discontinuous. We introduce a numerical method for simulating dynamics in our framework that samples from the equilibrium probability density exactly and elegantly handles discontinuities in the coefficients. This is joint work with Xin Yang.

## Haotian Gu : Universality and Phase Transitions of Holomorphic Multiplicative Chaos

- Probability ( 65 Views )The random distribution Holomorphic multiplicative chaos (HMC) with Gaussian inputs is recently introduced independently by Najnudel, Paquette, and Simm as a limiting object on the unit complex circle of characteristic polynomial of circular beta ensembles, and by Soundararajan and Zaman as an analogue of random multiplicative functions. In this talk, we will explore this rich connection between HMC and random matrix theory, number theory, and Gaussian multiplicative chaos. We will also discuss the regularity of this distribution, alongside the fractional moments and tightness of its Fourier coefficients (also referred to as secular coefficients). Furthermore, we introduce non-Gaussian HMC, and discuss the Gaussian universality and two phase transitions phenomenon in the fractional moments of its secular coefficients. A transition from global to local effect is observed, alongside an analysis of the critical local-global case. As a result, we unveil the regularity of some non-Gaussian HMC and tightness of their secular coefficients. Based on joint work with Zhenyuan Zhang.