## Seminar on Statistical Biology - Topical Focus: Inference problems in physics and biology

Johannes Berg, Joachim Krug, Michael Lässig

Statistical physics describes interacting systems of many degrees of
freedom. Tools and concepts of statistical physics find application
beyond the traditional realm of physics. A growing focus is the modeling and
analysis of
biological systems. Topic of this seminar is inference problems in
different areas of biological modelling and their connection with
statistical mechanics.

- Bayesian statistics and inference (27.10 Daniel Klemmer JB)
- The Ising model and Boltzmann machines (10.11 Torsten Held ML)
- Mean field approximations (24.11 Stefan Bittihn JB)
- Bethe-Peierls approximation and message passing (8.12. Prasanna Bhogale JB)
- Maximum entropy methods (15.12 Miquel Masoliver JK)
- Inference of gene regulatory connections (12.1. Mohammadamin Abbasloo JK)
- Inference of neural connections (19.1 Johannes Neidhardt JK)
- Genome inference problems ML
- Inference of protein structure ML

### Schedule

Thursday 12:00, Conference Room Theoretical Physics

The first meeting is Thursday 13.10.

The first meeting is Thursday 13.10.

### Literature

R Durbin, S Eddy, A Krogh G Mitchison Biological Sequence Analysis:
Probabilistic Models of Proteins and Nucleic Acids, CUP

D. McKay, Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms, CUP

D. McKay, Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms, CUP

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