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Tutorials for Topological Data Analysis with the Gudhi Library

Topological Data Analysis (TDA) is a recent and fast growing field providing a set of new topological and geometric tools to infer relevant features for possibly complex data. Here we propose a set of notebooks for the practice of TDA with the Python Gudhi library together with popular machine learning and data sciences libraries. See for instance this paper for an introduction to TDA for data science. The complete list of notebooks can also be found at the end of this page.

Install Python Gudhi Library

See the installation page or if you have conda you can make a conda install.

TDA Analysis Pipeline

01 - Simplex trees and simpicial complexes

TDA typically aims at extracting topological signatures from a point cloud in $\mathbb{R}^d$ or in a general metric space. By studying the topology of a point cloud, we actually mean studying the topology of the unions of balls centered at the point cloud, also called offsets. However, non-discrete sets such as offsets, and also continuous mathematical shapes like curves, surfaces and more generally manifolds, cannot easily be encoded as finite discrete structures. Simplicial complexes are therefore used in computational geometry to approximate such shapes.

A simplicial complex is a set of simplices, they can be seen as higher dimensional generalization of graphs. These are mathematical objects that are both topological and combinatorial, a property making them particularly useful for TDA. The challenge here is to define such structures that are proven to reflect relevant information about the structure of data and that can be effectively constructed and manipulated in practice. Below is an exemple of simplicial complex:

simplicial complex example

A filtration is an increasing sequence of sub-complexes of a simplicial complex $\mathcal{K}$. It can be seen as ordering the simplices included in the complex $\mathcal{K}$. Indeed, simpicial complexes often come with a specific order, as for Vietoris-Rips complexes, Cech complexes and alpha complexes.

Notebook: Simplex trees. In Gudhi, filtered simplicial complexes are encoded through a data structure called simplex tree. Vertices are represented as integers, edges as pairs of integers, etc.

simplex tree representation

Notebook: Vietoris-Rips complexes and alpha complexes from data points. In practice, the first step of the TDA Analysis Pipeline is to define a filtration of simplicial complexes for some data. This notebook explains how to build Vietoris-Rips complexes and alpha complexes (represented as simplex trees) from data points in $\mathbb{R}^d$, using the simplex tree data structure.

This Notebook shows how to visualize simplicial complexes.

Notebook: Rips and alpha complexes from pairwise distance. It is also possible to define Rips complexes in general metric spaces from a matrix of pairwise distances. The definition of the metric on the data is usually given as an input or guided by the application. It is however important to notice that the choice of the metric may be critical to reveal interesting topological and geometric features of the data. We also give in this last notebook a way to define alpha complexes from matrix of pairwise distances by first applying a multidimensional scaling (MDS) transformation on the matrix.

TDA signatures can extracted from point clouds but in many cases in data sciences the question is to study the topology of the sublevel sets of a function.

function exemple

Above is an example for a function defined on a subset of $\mathbb{R}$ but in general the function $f$ is defined on a subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$.

Notebook: cubical complexes. One first approach for studying the topology of the sublevel sets of a function is to define a regular grid on $\mathbb{R}^d$ and then to define a filtered complex based on this grid and the function $f$.

02 - Persistent homology and persistence diagrams

Homology is a well-known concept in algebraic topology. It provides a powerful tool to formalize and handle the notion of topological features of a topological space or of a simplicial complex in an algebraic way. For any dimension $k$, the $k$-dimensional holes are represented by a vector space $H_k$, whose dimension is intuitively the number of such independent features. For example, the $0$-dimensional homology group $H_0$ represents the connected components of the complex, the $1$-dimensional homology group $H_1$ represents the $1$-dimensional loops, the $2$-dimensional homology group $H_2$ represents the $2$-dimensional cavities and so on.

Persistent homology is a powerful tool to compute, study and encode efficiently multiscale topological features of nested families of simplicial complexes and topological spaces. It encodes the evolution of the homology groups of the nested complexes across the scales. The diagram below shows several level sets of the filtration:


Notebook: persistence diagrams In this notebook we show how to compute barcodes and persistence diagrams from a filtration defined on the Protein binding dataset. This tutorial also introduces the bottleneck distance between persistence diagrams.

03 - Representations of persistence and linearization

In this notebook, we learn how to use alternative representations of persistence with the representations module and finally we see a first example of how to efficiently combine machine learning and topological data analysis.

This notebook illustrates the notion of “Expected Persistence Diagram”, which is a way to encode the topology of a random process as a deterministic measure.

This notebook shows how to summarize the information given by persistent homology using persistent entropy (a number) and the ES-function (a curve) and explains in which situations they can be useful.

04 - Statistical tools for persistence

For many applications of persistent homology, we observe topological features close to the diagonal. Since they correspond to topological structures that die very soon after they appear in the filtration, these points are generally considered as “topological noise”. Confidence regions for persistence diagram provide a rigorous framework to this idea. This notebook introduces the subsampling approach of Fasy et al. 2014 AoS.

05 - A Bayesian Framework for Persistent Homology

C. Oballe and V. Maroulas provide a tutorial for a Python module that implements the model for Bayesian inference with persistence diagrams introduced in their paper.

06 - Machine learning and deep learning with TDA

Two libraries related to Gudhi:

07 - Alternative filtrations and robust TDA

This notebook introduces the distance to measure (DTM) filtration, as defined in this paper. This filtration can be used for robust TDA. The DTM can also be used for robust approximations of compact sets, see this notebook.

08 - Topological Data Analysis for Time series

09 - Cover complexes and the Mapper Algorithm

10 - TDA and dimension reduction

11 - Inverse problem and optimization with TDA

In this notebook, we will see how Gudhi and Tensorflow can be combined to perform optimization of persistence diagrams to solve an inverse problem. This other, less complete notebook shows that this kind of optimization works just as well with PyTorch.

Complete list of notebooks for TDA

Simplex trees

Vietoris-Rips complexes and alpha complexes from data points

Visualizing simplicial complexes

Rips and alpha complexes from pairwise distance

Cubical complexes

Persistence diagrams and bottleneck distance

Representations of persistence

Expected Persistence Diagram

Confidence regions for persistence diagrams - data points

ATOL tutorial

Perslay tutorial



Inverse problem and optimization with TDA

PyTorch differentiation of diagrams

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A set of jupyter notebooks for the practice of TDA with the python Gudhi library together with popular machine learning and data sciences libraries.







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