Essential Simplices in Persistent Homology and Subtle Admixture Detection

Saugata Basu, Filippo Utro, Laxmi Parida, Michael Wagner
2018 Workshop on Algorithms in Bioinformatics  
We introduce a robust mathematical definition of the notion of essential elements in a basis of the homology space and prove that these elements are unique. Next we give a novel visualization of the essential elements of the basis of the homology space through a rainfall-like plot (RFL). This plot is data-centric, i.e., is associated with the individual samples of the data, as opposed to the structure-centric barcodes of persistent homology. The proof-of-concept was tested on data generated by
more » ... imRA that simulates different admixture scenarios. We show that the barcode analysis can be used not just to detect the presence of admixture but also estimate the number of admixed populations. We also demonstrate that data-centric RFL plots have the potential to further disentangle the common history into admixture events and relative timing of the events, even in very complex scenarios.
doi:10.4230/lipics.wabi.2018.14 dblp:conf/wabi/BasuUP18 fatcat:i6ajike3lnhijdvgeur24ufmii