Event Type:

Department Colloquium

Date/Time:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 06:00

Location:

Kidd 350

Guest Speaker:

David Koslicki

Institution:

Pennsylvania State University

Abstract:

Symbolic dynamics and ergodic theory provide a wealth of analytical tools for studying infinite strings of symbols. Surprisingly, few of these techniques have been adapted for use with *finite* strings of symbols. In this talk, I will detail the adaptation of two such tools: topological entropy and pressure. Fortuitously, these tools are well adapted to studying DNA sequences and converge under a general model of molecular evolution. Results will be given on the efficacy of applying such techniques to a variety of genomic analysis problems (including short-read intron/exon classification and gene density estimation).

The speaker is a candidate for a tenure-track position in the Mathematics Department. Tea will be served prior to the talk at 1:30pm in Kidder 368. All are welcome.