Classification of stochastic processes with topological data analysis

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Güzel İ., Kaygun A.

Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Abstract
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/cpe.7732
  • Journal Name: Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Computer & Applied Sciences, INSPEC, Metadex, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Levy process, persistent homology, stochastic processes, time series classification, Wiener process
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, we demonstrate that engineered topological features can distinguish time series sampled from different stochastic processes with different noise characteristics, in both balanced and unbalanced sampling schemes. We compare our classification results against the results of the same classification on features coming from descriptive statistics and the wavelet transform. We conclude that machine learning models built on engineered topological features alone perform consistently better than those built on the standard statistical and wavelet features for time series classification tasks. We also apply dimension reduction techniques to our engineered features and compare the result of our classification models before and after dimensionality reduction. Finally, we also show that in our calculations of the engineered topological features, employing parallel computing methods does yield significant improvements in run time and memory footprint.