About


Me, in my backyard. Business casual by the maple tree. Hello there, my name is Andrew Michael Thomas. I am a postdoctoral associate in the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. I spend most of my research time working on the probability and statistics side of topological data analysis (TDA). Envision raindrops hitting pavement: what is the number of dry regions surrounded by wet ones? The questions I'm interested in range from investigating the limiting behavior of topological functionals treated as stochastic processes to how to apply methods from TDA to scientific data. Most recently I have investigated the limiting properties of the Euler characteristic process (aka the Euler curve), which you can read more about in the publications section. I am particularly intrigued by the interaction between extreme value theory and stochastic topology, wanting to understand the statistical properties of various summaries of shape when they arise from low-density regions. The work you see below, and which comprises my PhD dissertation, falls under the purview of random geometric complexes, the study of which was initiated in earnest by Kahle (2011). For introductory resources on stochastic process limits (Donsker's theorem), random geometric complexes and topological data analysis in general, please look in the miscellany section for some of my favorite introductions to TDA below.

Publications


Functional strong laws of large numbers for Euler characteristic processes of extreme sample clouds (2021).
Andrew M. Thomas and Takashi Owada
Extremes, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10687-021-00419-1. Publisher Link.


Functional limit theorems for the Euler characteristic process in the critical regime (2021).
Andrew M. Thomas and Takashi Owada
Advances in Applied Probability 53(1), 57–80. Publisher Link. See also: arXiv.


Limit theorems for process-level Betti numbers for sparse and critical regimes (2020).
Takashi Owada and Andrew M. Thomas
Advances in Applied Probability 52(1), 1-31. Publisher Link.

Links


First off, here's a link to my PhD dissertation, which I think provides a pretty good history of random geometric complexes. Here's a video of an online talk that I gave on July 1, 2020 on functional limit theorems for the Euler characteristic process (or, Euler curves) at the Applied Algebraic Topology Research Network (AATRN). I also contributed to AATRN & WinCompTop's Tutorial-a-Thon in the Spring of 2021. The tutorial I submitted is entitled "Let’s talk about random Cech and Vietoris-Rips complexes" and can be seen here: On August 3, 2020 I gave a talk at the virtual Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) held in virtual Philadelphia about the history of StatCom and how to keep student volunteers and clients engaged to complete projects and ensure that the volunteers have ample opportunities for service-learning. My slide deck can be accesssed here. I've also appeared twice in the IMS bulletin, for solving problems in the Student Puzzle Corner. You can see here, I sent in a solution to an interesting problem on random distances on hyperspheres. Be sure to read your IMS Bulletin!

Finally, I have compiled a list of some soothing and cool articles that pertain to my research. They will soothe your mathritis pain: Mathematical IcyHot®.

Information


Here is a link to my CV. Please feel free to email me at amt269@cornell.edu. This webpage is comprised of 100% USDA Certified Organic html. Updated 9/14/2021.