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Data Science

Spring 2021
Monthly Meetups
Virtual, Hosted over Zoom

Michigan State University & University of Michigan invite you to their joint monthly webinar & meetup series for Spring 2021!
Lightning Talks: Data Science Methodology

Lightning Talks: Data Science Methodology

signac: a simple, open-source, data management framework

Alyssa Travitz, Graduate Student (PhD), Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan

Data science projects frequently involve complex file-based workflows acting on large, highly dynamic data spaces. We present signac, a non-intrusive, open-source Python framework that enables researchers to efficiently operate on file-based data spaces while keeping track of all relevant metadata. The signac framework provides all components required to create a well-defined, collectively accessible data space and to implement reproducible workflows. The serverless data management and lightweight workflow model ensure that workflows are easily transferrable between laptops and high-performance computing environments. The data model is well suited for managing data spaces involved with high-dimensional parameter searches or hyperparameter optimization of machine learning models. The signac approach not only increases research efficiency, it also improves reproducibility and lowers barriers for data sharing by transparently enabling the robust tracking, selection, and searching of data by its metadata.

Non-IID Graph Neural Networks

Yiqi Wang, Graduate Student (PhD), Computer Science & Engineering, Michigan State University

Graph classification is an important task on graph-structured data with many real-world applications. The goal of graph classification task is to train a classifier using a set of training graphs. Recently, Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) have greatly advanced the task of graph classification. When building a GNN model for graph classification, the graphs in the training set are usually assumed to be identically distributed. However, in many real-world applications, graphs in the same dataset could have dramatically different structures, which indicates that these graphs are likely non-identically distributed. Therefore, in this paper, we aim to develop graph neural networks for graphs that are not non-identically distributed. Specifically, we propose a general non-IID graph neural network framework, i.e., Non-IID-GNN. Given a graph, Non-IID-GNN can adapt any existing graph neural network model to generate a sample-specific model for this graph. Comprehensive experiments on various graph classification benchmarks demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed framework. We will release the code of the proposed framework upon the acceptance of the paper.

Detecting Bifurcations in Dynamical Systems with Topological Data Analysis

Sarah Tymochko, Graduate Student (PhD), Computational Mathematics, Science & Engineering, Michigan State University

Bifurcations in a dynamical system are drastic behavioral changes that are caused by minor changes to a parameter of the system. Being able to detect the parameter values for which these bifurcations occur is essential to understanding the system overall. Certain types of bifurcations, specifically Hopf bifurcations, induce limit cycles in the state space of the dynamical system. Visually, this means the state space goes from being stable, with not much change from one time step to the next, to behavior where the soltuion traces out a larger, circular shape over time.

Topological data analysis (TDA) is a field with tools that are especially useful for quantifying circular features in data using concepts from algebraic topology. Using these tools, we can detect the changes in behavior caused by Hopf bifurcations. We develop a one-step method of capturing topological changes in the state space caused by varying the bifurcation parameter.

R-Ladies East Lansing
Michigan Institute for Data Science
Camille Archer (RLEL, MSU), Janani Ravi (RLEL, MSU); Jing Liu (MIDAS, UM)

Program Committee
Liz Munch (MSU), Parisa Kordjamshidi (MSU), Dola Pathak (MSU)
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Data Science