Seminar on Selective Inference via Multiscale Bootstrap (2021/12/15)

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EPFL CIS-RIKEN AIP Joint Seminar #6 20211215

Date and Time: December 15th 6:00pm – 7:00pm(JST)
Venue:Zoom webinar

Language: English

Speaker: Hidetoshi Shimodaira, RIKEN AIP

Title: Selection bias may be adjusted when the sample size is negative in hierarchical clustering, phylogeny, and variable selection

For computing p-values, you should specify hypotheses before looking at data. However, people tend to use datasets twice for hypothesis selection and evaluation, leading to inflated statistical significance and more false positives than expected. Recently, a new statistical method, called selective inference or post-selection inference, has been developed for adjusting this selection bias. On the other hand, we also face biased p-values in multiple testing, although it is a different type of selection bias. In this talk, I present a bootstrap resampling method with a “negative sample size” for adjusting these two types of selection bias. The theory is based on a geometric idea in the data space, which bridges Bayesian posterior probability to the frequentist p-value. Examples are shown for the confidence interval of regression coefficients after model selection and significance levels of trees and edges in hierarchical clustering and phylogenetic inference.

Hidetoshi Shimodaira is a professor at Kyoto University and a team leader at RIKEN AIP. He has been working on theory and methods of statistics and machine learning. His multiscale bootstrap method is used in genomics for evaluating the statistical significance of trees and clusters. His “covariate shift” setting for transfer learning is popular in machine learning.

Change of the field name of our research group (2021/10/08)

The field name of our research group in Kyoto University has been changed.

Old field name: Mathematical System Theory
New field name: Statistical Intelligence

Our goal is to explore “understanding and thinking” through statistical methods by mathematically studying the underlying methods of artificial intelligence and data science. The new name of the field of our research group is  “statistical intelligence,” meaning data-driven inductive inference that integrates statistics and machine learning.

AIP Open Seminar (2021/07/07)

This seminar introduces the research of the Mathematical Statistics Team.

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2021/07/07 15:00-17:00 Online Streaming via Zoom Webinar (registration required)

Mathematical Statistics Team ( at RIKEN AIP

Speaker 1: Hidetoshi Shimodaira (30 mins)
Title: Statistical Intelligence for Advanced Artificial Intelligence
Abstract: Our goal is to develop a data-driven methodology with statistical inference for artificial intelligence, which may be called “statistical intelligence.” In the first half of the talk, I overview our research topics: (1) Representation learning via graph embedding for multimodal relational data, (2) Valid inference via bootstrap resampling for many hypotheses with selection bias, (3) Statistical estimation of growth mechanism from complex networks. In the second half of the talk, I discuss a generalization of “additive compositionality” of word embedding in natural language processing. I show the computation of distributed representations for logical operations including AND, OR, and NOT, which would be a basis for implementing “advanced thinking” by AI in the future.

Speaker 2: Akifumi Okuno (30mins)
Title: Approximation Capability of Graph Embedding using Siamese Neural Network
Abstract: In this talk, we present our studies on the approximation capability of graph embedding using the Siamese neural network (NN). Whereas a prevailing line of previous works has applied the inner-product similarity (IPS) to the neural network outputs, the overall Siamese NN is limited to approximate only the positive-definite similarities. To overcome the limitation, we propose novel similarities called shifted inner product similarity (SIPS) and weighted inner product similarity (WIPS) for the siamese NN. We theoretically prove and empirically demonstrate their improved approximation capabilities.

Speaker 3: Yoshikazu Terada (30 mins)
Title: Selective inference via multiscale bootstrap and its application
Abstract: We consider a general approach to selective inference for hypothesis testing of the null hypothesis represented as an arbitrarily shaped region in the parameter space of the multivariate normal model. This approach is useful for hierarchical clustering, where confidence levels of clusters are calculated only for those appearing in the dendrogram, subject to heavy selection bias. Our computation is based on a raw confidence measure, called bootstrap probability, which is easily obtained by counting how many times the same cluster appears in bootstrap replicates of the dendrogram. We adjust the bias of the bootstrap probability by utilizing the scaling law in terms of geometric quantities of the region in the abstract parameter space, namely, signed distance and mean curvature. Although this idea has been used for non-selective inference of hierarchical clustering, its selective inference version has not been discussed in the literature. Our bias-corrected p-values are asymptotically second-order accurate in the large sample theory of smooth boundary surfaces of regions, and they are also justified for nonsmooth surfaces such as polyhedral cones. Moreover, the p-values are asymptotically equivalent to those of the iterated bootstrap but with less computation.

Speaker 4: Thong Pham (30 mins)
Title: Some recent progress in modeling preferential attachment of growing complex networks
Abstract: Preferential attachment (PA) is a network growth mechanism commonly invoked to explain the emergence of those heavy-tailed degree distributions characteristic of growing network representations of diverse real-world phenomena. In this talk, I will review some of our recent PA-related works, including a new estimation method for the nonparametric PA function from one single snapshot and a new condition for Bose-Einstein condensation in complex networks.

Recent Papers (2019/02/28)

Several papers are accepted or just written on representation learning for graph embedding and similarity learning. These are great works of students in our group as well as collaborators.

As a related topic, papers on word embedding and image embedding are also accepted or published.

There are also several papers on theory and applications of statistics.