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Metric Algebraic Geometry

Maddie Weinstein, University of Puget Sound
Thursday, February 29, 2024 - 2:00pm to 3:20pm
CMU 228

A real algebraic variety is a set of points in real Euclidean space that satisfy a system of polynomial equations.  Metric algebraic geometry is the study of properties of real algebraic varieties that depend on a metric. In this talk, we introduce metric algebraic geometry through a discussion of Voronoi cells, bottlenecks, and the reach of an algebraic variety. We describe applications to the study of the geometry of data with nonlinear models and to low-rank matrix approximation.

Format of event: 

Part I: General audience math talk (2:00pm - 2:50pm)

COFFEE BREAK (10 minutes)

Part II: Advice for early career mathematicians (3:00pm - 3:20pm)

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