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Colloquium: Intrinsic random functions on the sphere

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Prof. Chunfeng Huang
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Title: Intrinsic random functions on the sphere

Abstract: Global-scale phenomena, of which there are a multitude of important applications ranging from climate science to epidemiology, can be viewed as random processes on the sphere. Many popular methods are based on the assumption that the underlying process is stationary, requiring rotation invariance. This assumption is often deemed unrealistic in practice. In this talk, I introduce a class of non-stationary processes, the intrinsic random functions (IRFs) on the sphere. We show that low frequency truncation plays an essential role. Based on this, we develop methods to estimate the degree of non-stationarity for processes on the sphere, which are demonstrated through simulation studies. In addition, IRF based kriging is constructed and shown to be equivalent to the spline smoothing formula in the corresponding reproducing kernel Hilbert space.

About the speaker: Dr. Chunfeng Huang is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics, Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. in statistics at Texas A&M University in 2001. His research interests include spatial processes, smoothing splines, survival analysis, computational statistics and applied statistics.

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