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Statistics Seminar: Daren Wang

Change Point Detection in High Dimensions
January 28, 2020 - 11:00am

305 Lind

Speaker: Daren Wang, University of Chicago

Title: Change Point Detection in High Dimensions

Abstract: Localizing change points in high-dimensional time series data is a key problem in many scientific and engineering applications, such as predictive maintenance, financial data analysis and security monitoring, to name but a few. 

In the first part of the talk, I will discuss change point detection in sparse dynamic networks. Given a sequence of adjacency matrices whose underlying distributions change over time in a piecewise constant manner, the main task is to recover the unknown positions of the change points. I will introduce algorithms that can accurately detect and estimate the change points. I will also provide matching lower bounds to justify the optimality of these algorithms. 

In the second part of the talk, I will discuss change point detection in high-dimensional vector autoregressive time series. Assuming that the high-dimensional time series possesses piecewise constant transition matrices and are piecewise stable, I will demonstrate an L_0 penalization method that can accurately estimate the change points. Beyond the high-dimensional vector autoregressive models, I will provide a unified framework, with two other high-dimensional change point problems as examples, to unveil the key insights of L_0 penalization approaches in a broad range of settings.