The Blessing of Dimensionality in Genomics Data

Claus Mayer (BIOSS/University of Glasgow)

Friday 15th November 15:00-16:00 Maths 311B

Abstract

I will use the first part of this presentation to talk about my statistical background, my employer Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland (BioSS) and the potential for future interactions with Glasgow University. In a second part, I will discuss some general issues related to the analysis of very high-dimensional data like for example those arising from genomic studies. I will argue that the so-called “curse of dimensionality” is an overly negative phrase, that suggests a complete breakdown of statistics in these situations. I want to show that while high-dimensional data bring certain problems with them, they also offer several new opportunities and that certain analysis steps can actually become easier the more variables one studies.

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