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.

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.

Kyoto University and RIKEN

Shimodaira Laboratory is jointly affiliated to Kyoto University and RIKEN. Our lab is Mathematical System Theory group at Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, and it is Mathematical Statistics Team at RIKEN AIP. We work at Yoshida campus (near the clock tower) of Kyoto University and Nihonbashi office (close to Tokyo station) of RIKEN AIP.

Students: Internships and graduate school

We are looking for students of graduate school in the field of statistics and machine learning. There are possibilities of internships if conditions are met. Please contact us by emails.

Note (2019/10/24): Currently, we are not taking internships except for a very rare case.

Note (2019/03/22): We are not accepting research students recently.  Please take entrance exams for the graduate school if you consider master’s students. For internships, contacts should be very early (say, winter for summer internship), and we expect master level students for the internships now.