AMAT 584: Topological Data Analysis II — Fall 2017

 Classroom  ES (Earth Science) 140
 Class hours  MWF 11:30am—12:25pm
 Professor  Boris Goldfarb
 Office  ES (Earth Science) 120B
 Office hours  MWF 12:30pm—1:30pm
 Telephone  518-442-4712 (leave a message)
 Email address  bgoldfarb at
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About the course: This is the first run of the new course developed for the new graduate program, Master of Science in Data Science in the Mathematics and Statistics Department. The purpose of this course to introduce topological data analysis including the theoretical foundations and various implementations of the methods.

Reading/Homeworks/Tests: There is no appropriate text for this course. I will be writing and distributing notes through Blackboard. I plan to do that one section at a time, ahead of the days that we cover the material in class. You can read the handout before or after each lecture. There will be 20 sections. Each section will contain problems to solve. That will be the official homework. I will collect the homework and grade it. We can also discuss the homework problems in class, so definitely bring any questions to class. As you can see there will be no in-class tests.

Grades: The course letter grades will be based on the total score obtained from the homework grades:

    20 homeworks =  100% (each homework is worth 5 points)

The rule regarding the homework due dates this semester will be as follows. At some point I will announce in class that we have completed a certain section. At that point, the homework from that section becomes due in the beginning of next class. I encourage you to start thinking about the problems as soon as we start reading from the section. The new policy regarding the late homework is this: if it is turned in within 24 hours after the class it's due the perfect score will be reduced to 4 points, within between 24 and 48 hours — to 3 points, and so on.

The following information is added to satisfy the Minimum Contents of a Class Syllabus requirements. The prerequisite for this class is AMAT 583 or background in algebraic topology. You need to be admitted to the graduate program in mathematics or talk to me to get a permission to register. The course is A-E graded. Attendance is critical to success in the class. Doing and turning in homework too.