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4th Carlo Alberto Stochastics Workshop

April 18 @ 14:00 - April 19 @ 13:00


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April 18 @ 14:00
April 19 @ 13:00
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The “Carlo Alberto Stochastics Workshops” is a series of workshops held at Collegio Carlo Alberto as part of the de Castro Statistics Initiative. The 4th one will take place on April 18-19 2019, with the aims at presenting some of the latest advances on


Information Geometry (IG) is the study of the geometry of statistical models as families of probability densities. C.R. Rao (1945) was the first to remark that the Fisher information can be seen as a Riemannian metric. This approach was fully developed by N.N. Cencov (1972). A further step was initiated by B. Efron (1975) who derived the relevant geometry from the structure of exponential families. This perspective, fully developed by S-I Amari (1987), reveals the presence of a dualistic structure of affine connections. Moreover, as it was already well known in Statistical Physics, everything depends on the derivatives of a type of relative entropy.

A different approach to the geometry of probability measure stems from the solution of the Optimal Transport (OT) problem by L. Kantorovich (1942). In contrast to classical IG, this theory provides a metric geometry of statistical models which is not subject to the assumption of the common domain and takes into account the properties of the sample space via a distance or a cost function. In particular, when the sample space is the real n-space space and the cost function is the squared distance, the distance induced on probability densities is the Wasserstein distance whose study has produced deep analytic results.

In contemporary research, the two approaches, and many others, actively contribute to the development of a general Geometric Theory of Chance. In fact, many have observed a similarity between methods used in Statistical and Quantum Physics, in Information Theory, in Control, in Transport Theory, in Functional and High-Dimensional Statistics, and in Machine Learning. New functional set-ups have been studied e.g., the formalism of the so-called deformed exponential.

The workshop will open on April 18 at 14:00 room 3 of Collegio Carlo Alberto. It will feature an introductory tutorial and three lectures.

  • 18/04 14:30 Giovanni Pistone (de Castro Statistics) Tutorial
  • 18/04 15:30 Coffee Break
  • 18/04 16:00 Giuseppe Savaré (University of Pavia) Entropic optimal transport and Hellinger-Kantorovich distance
  • 19/04 10:00 Jan Naudts (University of Antwerp) An alternative approach to Quantum Information Geometry
  • 19/04 11:00 Contributed papers and discussion