An introduction to multiparameter persistence

  • Magnus Bakke Botnan

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Michael Lesnick

    University at Albany, USA
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In topological data analysis (TDA), one often studies the shape of data by constructing a filtered topological space, whose structure is then examined using persistent homology. However, a single filtered space often does not adequately capture the structure of interest in the data, and one is led to consider multiparameter persistence, which associates to the data a space equipped with a multiparameter filtration. Multiparameter persistence has become one of the most active areas of research within TDA, with exciting progress on several fronts. In this article, we introduce multiparameter persistence and survey some of this recent progress, with a focus on ideas which promise to enable practical applications in the near future.