Stochastic Geometry and Point Processes


Community Detection on Euclidean Random Graphs

In this paper, Abishek Sankararaman and François Baccelli introduce the problem of Community Detection on a new class of sparse spatial random graphs embedded in the Euclidean space. They consider the planted partition version of the random connection model graph studied in classical stochastic geometry. The nodes of the graph form a marked Poisson Point Process of intensity \lambda with each node being equipped with an i.i.d. uniform mark drawn from {-1,+1}. Conditional on the labels, edges are drawn independently at random depending both on the Euclidean distance between the nodes and the community labels on the nodes. The paper studies the Community Detection problem on this random graph which consists in estimating the partition of nodes into communities, based on an observation of the random graph along with the spatial location labels on nodes. For all dimensions greater than or equal to 2, they establish a phase transition in the intensity of the point process. They show that if the intensity is small, then no algorithm for Community Detection can beat a random guess. This is proven by introducing and analyzing a new problem called ‘Information Flow from Infinity’. On the positive side, they give an efficient algorithm to perform Community Detection as long as the intensity is sufficiently high. Along the way, a distinguishability result is established, which says that one can always infer the presence of a partition, even when one cannot identify the partition better than at random. This is a surprising new phenomenon not observed thus far in any non spatial Erdos-Renyi based planted partition models.

Dimensions of unimodular random discrete spaces

This work by F.Baccelli, M.-O. Haji-Mirsadeghi, and A. Khezeli, is focused on large scale properties of infinite graphs and discrete subsets of the Euclidean space. It presents two new notions of dimension, namely the unimodular Minkowski and Hausdorff dimensions, which are inspired by the classical Minkowski and Hausdorff dimensions. These dimensions are defined for unimodular discrete spaces, which are defined in this work as a class of random discrete metric spaces with a distinguished point called the origin. These spaces provide a common generalization to stationary point processes under their Palm version and unimodular random rooted graphs.
The main novelty is the use of unimodularity in the definitions where it suggests replacing the infinite sums pertaining to coverings by large balls by the expectation of certain random variables at the origin. In addition, the main manifestation of unimodularity, that is the mass transport principle, is the key element in the proofs and dimension evaluations.
These dimensions are connected to the growth rate of balls. In particular, versions of the mass distribution principle, Billingsley’s lemma, and Frostman’s lemma are established for unimodular discrete spaces.
The dimensions in question are explicitly evaluated or conjectured for a comprehensive set of examples pertaining to the theory of point processes, unimodular random graphs, and self-similarity.

On the Dimension of Unimodular Discrete Spaces, Part I: Definitions and Basic Properties
On the Dimension of Unimodular Discrete Spaces, Part II: Relations with Growth Rate

Extremes of spatial shot noise processes

Anup Biswas and François Baccelli studied the scaling limit of a class of shot-noise fields defined on an independently marked stationary Poisson point process and with a power law response function. Under appropriate conditions, they showed that the shot-noise field can be scaled suitably to have a non degenerate alpha-stable limit, as the intensity of the underlying point process goes to infinity. More precisely, finite dimensional distributions  converge and the finite dimensional distributions of the limiting random field have i.i.d. stable random components. This limit is hence called the alpha- stable white noise field. Analogous results are also obtained for the extremal shot-noise field which converges to a Fréchet white noise field.

Information theory and high dimensional stochastic geometry

The most basic capacity and error exponent questions of information theory can be expressed in terms of random geometric objects living in Euclidean spaces with dimensions tending to infinity. This approach was introduced by Venkat Anantharam and François Baccelli to evaluate random coding error exponents in channels with additive stationary and ergodic noise. More generally, the analysis of stochastic geometry in the Shannon regime leads to new high dimension stochastic geometry questions that are currently investigated. Eliza O’Reilly and and Francois Baccelli have also studied determinantal point processes in high dimensions. This work describes the strength and reach of repulsion of a typical point of certain parametric families of determinantal point process in the Shannon regime.

Point maps on point processes

A compatible point-shift f maps, in a translation invariant way, each point of a stationary point process N to some point of N. It is fully determined by its associated point-map, g, which gives the image of the origin by f. The initial question studied by Mir-Omid Haji-Mirsadeghi and François Baccelli is whether there exist probability measures which are left invariant by the translation of -g. The point map probabilities of N are defined from the action of the semigroup of point-map translations on the space of Palm probabilities, and more precisely from the compactification of the orbits of this semigroup action. If the point-map probability is uniquely defined, and if it satisfies certain continuity properties, it then provides a solution to the initial question. Point-map probabilities are shown to be a strict generalization of Palm probabilities: when the considered point-shift f is bijective, the point-map probability of N boils down to the Palm probability of N. When it is not bijective, there exist cases where the point-map probability of N is absolutely continuous with respect to its Palm probability, but there also exist cases where it is singular with respect to the latter.

Each such point-shift defines a random graph on the points of the point process. The connected components of this graph can be split into a collection of foils, which are the analogue of the stable manifold of the point-shift dynamics.
The same authors give a general classification of point-shifts in terms of the cardinality of the foils of these connected components. There are three types: F/F, I/F and I/I as shown in the paper Point-Shift Foliation of a Point Process.

Point processes on topological groups

Using the framework of Günter Last, James Murphy has extended the cardinality classification to the case of point processes on unimodular groups. J. Murphy has studied point-shifts of point processes on topological groups at length.

Preprint of a new book on point processes and stochastic geometry

This book is centered on the mathematical analysis of random structures embedded in the Euclidean space or more general topological spaces, with a main focus on random measures, point processes, and stochastic geometry. Such random structures have been known to play a key role in several branches of natural sciences (cosmology, ecology, cell biology) and engineering (material sciences, networks) for several decades. Their use is currently expanding to new fields like data sciences. The book was designed to help researchers finding a direct path from the basic definitions and properties of these mathematical objects to their use in new and concrete stochastic models. The theory part of the book is structured to be self-contained, with all proofs included, in particular on measurability questions, and at the same time comprehensive. In addition to the illustrative examples which one finds in all classical mathematical books, the document features sections on more elaborate examples which are referred to as models}in the book. Special care is taken to express these models, which stem from the natural sciences and engineering domains listed above, in clear and self-contained mathematical terms. This continuum from a comprehensive treatise on the theory of point processes and stochastic geometry to the collection of models that illustrate its representation power is probably the main originality of this book. The book contains two types of mathematical results: (1) structural results on stationary random measures and stochastic geometry objects, which do not rely on any parametric assumptions; (2) more computational results on the most important parametric classes of point processes, in particular Poisson or Determinantal point processes. These two types are used to structure the book. The material is organized as follows. Random measures and point processes are presented first, whereas stochastic geometry is discussed at the end of the book. For point processes and random measures, parametric models are discussed before non-parametric ones. For the stochastic geometry part, the objects as point processes are often considered in the space of random sets of the Euclidean space. Both general processes are discussed as, e.g., particle processes, and parametric ones like, e.g., Poisson Boolean models of Poisson hyperplane processes. We assume that the reader is acquainted with the basic results on measure and probability theories. We prove all technical auxiliary results when they are not easily available in the literature or when existing proofs appeared to us not sufficiently explicit. In all cases, the corresponding references will always be given.

Here is the pdf file of the preprint: BBK

Spatial birth and death processes

Spatial point processes involving birth and death dynamics are ubiquitous in networks. Such dynamics are particularly important in peer-to-peer networks and in wireless networks. In the paper “Mutual Service Processes in R^d, Existence and Ergodicity”, Fabien Mathieu (Bell Laboratories), Ilkka Norros (VTT) and François Baccelli proposed a way to analyze the long term behavior of such dynamics on Euclidean spaces using coupling techniques. This line of though is continued by Mayank Manjrekar on other classes of processes like hard core spatial birth and death processes.

Zeros of Random Tropical Polynomials

Ngoc Mai Tran and François Baccelli derived a tropical version of the result of Kac on the zeros of polynomials with random coefficients (Zeros of Random Tropical Polynomials, Random Polygons and Stick-Breaking). 

The common roots of tropical of a class of random polynomials in two variables is analyzed in a recent work by the same authors in Iterated Gilbert Mosaics and Poisson Tropical Plane Curves using a stochastic geometry approach based on iterated random tessellations.


Lewis Bowen

Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
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Chang-sik Choi

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin
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James Murphy

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Natasa Dragovic

Department of Mathematics
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Ali Khezeli

Department of Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology
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Charles Radin

Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
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Eliza O’Reilly

Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
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Mir Omid Haji Mirsadeghi 2013-2015

Department of Mathematics, Sharif University of Technology. Visiting Scholar, Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
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Mayank Manjrekar

Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
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Gustavo de Veciana

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin
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François Baccelli

Department of Mathematics and Deparment of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UT Austin
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Antonio Sodre

Department of Mathematics, UT Austin
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Poisson Cox Point Processes for Vehicular Networks

Chang-Sik Choi and François Baccelli arXiv preprint arXiv:1801.04556
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Spatial Birth Death Wireless Networks

Abishek Sankararaman and François Baccelli IEEE Transactions on Information Theory 63(6): 3964-3982 (2017)
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Shape Theorems For Poisson Hail on a Bivariate Ground

Francois Baccelli, Hector A. Chang-Lara, and Sergey Foss ArXiv 2016
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Point-Shift Foliation of a Point Process

Francois Baccelli and Mir-Omid Haji-Mirsadeghi ArXiv 2016
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On Scaling Limits of Power Law Shot-noise Fields

François Baccelli and Anup Biswas To appear in Stochastic Models 2015
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The Boolean Model in the Shannon Regime: Three Thresholds and Related Asymptotics

Venkat Anantharam and François Baccelli Arxiv 2014 To appear in Advances in Applied Probability
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Compactification of the Action of a Point-Map on the Palm Probability of a Point Process

François Baccelli and Mir-Omid Haji-Mirsadeghi Arxiv 2014 To appear in the Annals of Probability
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Mutual Service Processes in R^d, Existence and Ergodicity

François Baccelli, Fabien Mathieu and Ilkka Norros ArXiv 2014
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Community Detection on Euclidean Random Graphs

Abishek Sankararaman and François Baccelli ArXiv 2017
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