The CUNY Data Science and Applied Topology Reading Group is joint between the Mathematics and Computer Science programmes. We meet Fridays 11.45 -- 12.45 in GC 3209. You can contact us at

Our plan is to primarily read and discuss seminal papers in data science, in applied topology and in topological data analysis. Each seminar one participant takes the responsibility to present a paper and prepare items for discussion. We expect occasionally to be able to invite external speakers.


Current schedule can be found here.

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  • Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson, Computer Science Programme, CUNY Graduate Center; Department of Mathematics, CUNY College of Staten Island
  • Azita Mayeli, Mathematics Programme, CUNY Graduate Center; Department of Mathematics, CUNY Queensborough Community College

Suggested papers

We have compiled a list of papers that might be interesting to present.


Multiparameter Persistence and Nonlinear Hierarchical Clustering

Abstract: I will define a class of metrics on multiparameter persistence modules facilitated by the introduction of persistence contours. Using these, we can compute the feature counting invariant, which could previously not be computed, and show that it's in general NP-hard to compute. Moreover, they can be used to put persistence modules in a machine learning context by providing a class of metrics that can be optimized over. This could for instance be used to solve classification problems in a metric learning sense, called contour learning. We then learn a one-parameter curve through the persistence module, yielding a nonlinear hierarchical clustering.


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