Talking Across Fields
Toulouse, March 24th-28th 2014
Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse, UPS
Amphi Schwartz, 1R3 building
A workshop on the convergence to equilibrium of Markov chains, around Persi Diaconis
A variety of fields study rates of convergence of Markov Chains to their stationary distribution. This includes probabilists, statisticians, analysts, computer scientists and physicists. The conference will aim to bring together people working in these disciplines and try to encourage them to talk to one another. Each field has its own techniques and by now these have developed quite separately. For example, they tend not to cite one another! Of course, the different fields have slightly different problems but this is all grist for the mill.