“Data science”, beyond being a buzzword, has indeed become a major focus in a variety of scientific communities. Even though, it has not yet been properly defined, it is a consensus that “data science” involves an intersection of statistics, computer science and domain knowledge. In this talk, we discuss two examples where statistics plays a major role in performing “data-scientific” enquires.

In the context of analysing neural networks, we will show how tools from statistics can be used to answer questions such as “why training neural networks gets harder as the depth of the network increases?” and “what could potentially be appropriate strategies for initialization of weights in the training process?”.

We then discuss an example where statistics can help study large-scale graph spectral clustering problems. In particular, we show that, under certain statistical assumptions, given an existing clustering of a large graph, one can efficiently and yet accurately, perform an out-of-sample extension to observations not seen in the initial clustering procedure.

About Maths Colloquium

The Mathematics Colloquium is directed at students and academics working in the fields of pure and applied mathematics, and statistics. 

We aim to present expository lectures that appeal to our wide audience.

Information for speakers

Information for speakers

Maths colloquia are usually held on Mondays, from 2pm to 3pm, in various locations at St Lucia.

Presentations are 50 minutes, plus five minutes for questions and discussion.

Available facilities include:

  • computer 
  • data projector
  • chalkboard or whiteboard

To avoid technical difficulties on the day, please contact us in advance of your presentation to discuss your requirements.


Mansergh Shaw Building (45)