Topological Phases

Michael Kosterlitz, Duncan Haldane, and David J. Thouless are the laureates of Nobel Prize in Physics 2016, “for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” Before Thouless, topology was not known to the physics community. It is a basic knowledge nowadays, however. I am particularly familiar with Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless phase transition. What … More Topological Phases


Previously, I have went through heuristically the description of topology using homology groups in this entry. [Ho 2015] This is the essence of algebraic topology. We describe the topology using Betti numbers, the rank of the homolog groups. What they mean can be summarized as: [Bubenik 2015] “… homology in degree 0 describes the connectedness … More Persistence

Topology in Physics and Computing

Topology has been shown to reveal important information about geometry and shape from data, [Carlsson 2015][Carlsson 2009]¬†as I have talked about in various TDA blog entries. I have also demonstrated how to describe the topology if discrete data points by constructing simplicial complexes, and then calculated the homology and Betti numbers. (I will talk about … More Topology in Physics and Computing

Starting the Journey of Topological Data Analysis (TDA)

Topology has been around for centuries, but it did not catch the attention of many data analysts until recently. In an article published in Nature Scientific Reports, the authors demonstrated the power of topology in data analysis through examples including gene expression from breast rumors, voting data in the United States, and player performance data … More Starting the Journey of Topological Data Analysis (TDA)