A random persistence diagram generator


Topological data analysis (TDA) studies the shape patterns of data. Persistent homology is a widely used method in TDA that summarizes homological features of data at multiple scales and stores them in persistence diagrams (PDs). In this paper, we propose a random persistence diagram generator (RPDG) method that generates a sequence of random PDs from the ones produced by the data. RPDG is underpinned by a model based on pairwise interacting point processes and a reversible jump Markov chain Monte Carlo (RJ-MCMC) algorithm. A first example, which is based on a synthetic dataset, demonstrates the efficacy of RPDG and provides a comparison with another method for sampling PDs. A second example demonstrates the utility of RPDG to solve a materials science problem given a real dataset of small sample size.

In Statistics and Computing
Theodore Papamarkou
Theodore Papamarkou
Reader in maths of data science

My research interests span probabilistic machine learning.