UMN Machine Learning Seminar

The UMN Machine Learning Seminar Series brings together faculty, students, and local industrial partners who are interested in the theoretical, computational, and applied aspects of machine learning, to pose problems, exchange ideas, and foster collaborations. The talks are every Thursday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. during the Summer 2021 semester.

This week's speaker, Xiwei Tang (University of Virginia) will be giving a talk titled "Multivariate Temporal Point Process Regression with Applications in Calcium Imaging Analysis."


Point process modeling is gaining increasing attention, as point process type data are emerging in a large variety of scientific applications. In this article, motivated by a neuronal spike trains study, we propose a novel point process regression model, where both the response and the predictor can be a high-dimensional point process. We model the predictor effects through the conditional intensities using a set of basis transferring functions in a convolutional fashion. We organize the corresponding transferring coefficients in the form of a three-way tensor, then impose the low-rank, sparsity, and subgroup structures on this coefficient tensor. These structures help reduce the dimensionality, integrate information across different individual processes, and facilitate the interpretation. We develop a highly scalable optimization algorithm for parameter estimation. We derive the large sample error bound for the recovered coefficient tensor, and establish the subgroup identification consistency, while allowing the dimension of the multivariate point process to diverge. We demonstrate the efficacy of our method through both simulations and a cross-area neuronal spike trains analysis in a sensory cortex study.


Coming soon


Start date
Thursday, July 22, 2021, Noon
End date
Thursday, July 22, 2021, 1 p.m.