# MiR@W day: Distances between probability distributions

24 February 2014

Organiser: Robert MacKay

All lectures to be held in B3.02, Zeeman building

Various of us around the University of Warwick find the need for metrics on spaces of probability distributions, and two visitors last term spoke on examples, but there is a bewildering variety of options. The aim of the afternoon is to share experiences and prejudices.

##### Programme:

12.30-13.00 Buffet lunch in the Mathematics Institute Common Room

13.05-13.30 **Robert MacKay**, Survey

13.35-14.00 **Mark Girolami** (Statistics) *Integrated squared distance and non-parametric density estimation*

14.05-14.30 **Andrew Stuart** (Maths) *Metrics on Probability Measures for Data Assimilation and Inverse Problems*

14.35-15.00 **Paul Chleboun** (IAS & Maths) *Total variation mixing times, relaxation and related phenomena in kinetically constrained models*

15:05-15:30 Tea break in the Mathematics Institute Common Room

15.35-15.50 **Thomas House** (Maths, Complexity Science and WIDER) *Measures on complex networks and spaces of complex networks*

15.55-16.10 **Darek Ceglarek** (WMG) *Fault Classification and Process Adjustment using integrated Mahalanobis-Taguchi System, Rough Sets and non-parametric Kernel Density Estimates*

16.15-16.30 **Peter Hammond** (Economics) *Neighbouring expectations in decision and game theory*

16.35-16.50 **Manuela Bujorianu** (Maths) *Use of Dobrushin metric to analyse time-inhomogeneous probabilistic cellular automata*

16.55-17.05 Discussion

17.05-17.35 Guest lecture: **John Maddocks** (Lausanne)* Absolute v Relative (or Kullback-Leibler) Entropy principles for parameter-fitting in coarse-grain DNA models*

17.40-18.30 Drinks and snacks in the Mathematics Institute Common Room