Ayasdi: Topological Data Analysis

These are older stories, but never the less, I wanted to post them as a reminder to myself and a heads up to others. Ayasdi has developed a data mining platform that is based on topological data analysis.  The company was co-founded my Dr. Gunnar Carlsson of Standford University and is based on Carlsson’s pioneering research in the field of Applied and Computational Algebraic Topology.

Why is this interesting? Because this is a completely new approach to data analysis. A lot of the methodologies used in data mining/machine learning/data science is based on statistics and probability. The use of algebraic topology sort of comes out of left field (abstract algebra is extensively used in cryptology and computer security). Ayasdi’s approach shows they are doing some very novel and innovative research.

Enough said, below are two great articles that do a better job than I can explaining what exactly Ayasdi does.

This first article comes to us from Derrick Harris who writes for GigaOm. Check out his great article, “Has Ayasdi turned machine learning into a magic bullet?

The last article is from the New York Time’s blog Bits. The post, “Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-Up With a Long History,” gives some background about the company.