The seminar’s scope in broad revolves around theoretical physics and mathematics.

Seed Seminar of Mathematics and Physics

Classification of fat-tailed clusters in high dimensions

by Dr Gabriele Sicuro (King's College, London.)



I will discuss the problem of learning a mixture of two clouds of data points with generic centroids via empirical risk minimisation in the high dimensional regime, under the assumptions of generic convex loss and convex regularisation. Each cloud of data points is obtained by sampling from a possibly uncountable superposition of Gaussian distributions, whose variance has a generic probability density ϱ. Our analysis covers therefore a large family of data distributions, including the case of power-law-tailed distributions with no covariance. We study the generalisation performance of the obtained estimator, we analyse the role of regularisation and the dependence of the separability transition on the distribution scale parameters.