Using topological autoencoders as a filtering function for global and local topologyDownload PDF

Oct 10, 2020 (edited Feb 04, 2021)NeurIPS 2020 Workshop TDA and Beyond Blind SubmissionReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: topological autoencoders, mapper, filtration
  • TL;DR: Using topological autoencoders as a filtration for the Mapper method.
  • Abstract: Choosing a suitable filtering function for the Mapper algorithm can be difficult due to its arbitrariness and domain-specific requirements. Finding a general filtering function that can be applied across domains is therefore of interest, since it would improve the representation of manifolds in higher dimensions. In this extended abstract, we propose that topological autoencoders is a suitable candidate for this and report initial results strengthening this hypothesis for one set of high-dimensional manifolds. The results indicate a potential for an easier choice of filtering function when using the Mapper algorithm, allowing for a more general and descriptive representation of high-dimensional data.
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