The Reconstruction Problem on the Tree


February 8, 2011


Allan Sly


The reconstruction problem on the tree concerns the propagation of information in Markov processes on trees and has been studied in probability, statistical physics, computational biology, information theory and theoretical computer science. I will discuss progress in establishing thresholds for the reconstruction problem and give an overview of its applications to phylogenetic reconstruction, mixing times of Markov chains, random constraint satisfaction problems and the computational complexity of counting problems.


Allan Sly

Allan Sly is a postdoc in the theory group of Microsoft Research, Redmond. He received his PhD in statistics at UC Berkeley in 2009 under the supervision of Elchanan Mossel. Allan’s research interests lie in probability theory and its applications in theoretical computer science, statistical physics, statistics and computational biology.


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    Allan Sly