PersistenceCurves

Persistence Curves: A canonical framework for summarizing persistence diagrams. Persistence diagrams are one of the main tools in the field of Topological Data Analysis (TDA). They contain fruitful information about the shape of data. The use of machine learning algorithms on the space of persistence diagrams proves to be challenging as the space lacks an inner product. For that reason, transforming these diagrams in a way that is compatible with machine learning is an important topic currently researched in TDA. In this paper, our main contribution consists of three components. First, we develop a general and unifying framework of vectorizing diagrams that we call the extit{Persistence Curves} (PCs), and show that several well-known summaries, such as Persistence Landscapes, fall under the PC framework. Second, we propose several new summaries based on PC framework and provide a theoretical foundation for their stability analysis. Finally, we apply proposed PCs to two applications---texture classification and determining the parameters of a discrete dynamical system; their performances are competitive with other TDA methods.

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