STA 290 Seminar: Bonnie Kirkpatrick (UBC, Canada)

Statistics Seminar: STA 290

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 at 4.10pm, MSB 1147 (Colloquium Room)
Refreshments 3:30pm, prior to seminar in MSB 4110 (Statistics Lounge)

Speaker: Bonnie Kirkpatrick
University of British Columbia (Canada)

Title: "Biological Models with Combinatorial Spaces"

Abstract: Probabilistic models are common in biology. Many of the successful models have been readily tractable, leaving calculations on models with a combinatorial-sized state space as an open problem. This talk examines two kinds of models with combinatorial state spaces: continuous-time and discrete-time Markov chains. These models are applied to two problems: RNA folding pathways and family genetics. While the applications are disparate topics in biology, they are related via their models, the statistical quantities of interest, and in some cases the computational techniques used to calculate those quantities.