Workshop on Algebraic Statistics and Computational Biology
Clay Mathematics Institute, November 12-14, 2005
Algebraic Statistics is a new field in which ideas from combinatorics, geometry of polytopes, computational algebra and algebraic geometry contribute to the formulation, interpretation, and solution of statistical problems. Many of the motivating problems in algebraic statistics arise from problems in computational biology: sequence analysis and reconstruction of phylogenetic trees from sequence data, to name two.
The workshop will introduce participants to these new methods, present recent work in the field, and discuss future directions of research.
The event will start out with expository lectures which introduce the subject area. This will be followed by a focused workshop, on days 2 and 3, where results in related fields and future directions will be discussed. We envisage approximately five research lectures on each of these days, for a total of about ten invited speakers.