Yang-Hui He

Yang-Hui He
University of Oxford | OX · Merton College

Doctor of Philosophy

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Additional affiliations
August 2010 - present
City, University of London
Position
  • Reader in Mathematics
January 2010 - present
January 2005 - present
University of Oxford
Education
October 1997 - August 2002
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of study
  • Theoretical Physics
October 1996 - October 1997
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Mathematics
September 1992 - September 1996
Princeton University
Field of study
  • Physics with certificates in Applied Maths and Engineering

Publications

Publications (248)
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Quantum computing offers the potential of exponential speedup over classical computation for certain problems. However, many of the existing algorithms with provable speedups require currently unavailable fault-tolerant quantum computers. We present NISQ-TDA, the first fully implemented quantum machine learning algorithm with provable exponential s...
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We implement and interpret various supervised learning experiments involving real quadratic fields with class numbers 1, 2 and 3. We quantify the relative difficulties in separating class numbers of matching/different parity from a data-scientific perspective, apply the methodology of feature analysis and principal component analysis, and use symbo...
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Adopting the Mahler measure from number theory, we introduce it to toric quiver gauge theories, and study some of its salient features and physical implications. We propose that the Mahler measure is a universal measure for the quiver, encoding its dynamics with the monotonic behaviour along a so-called Mahler flow including two special points at i...
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The boundary operator is a linear operator that acts on a collection of high-dimensional binary points (simplices) and maps them to their boundaries. This boundary map is one of the key components in numerous applications, including differential equations, machine learning, computational geometry, machine vision, and control systems. We consider th...
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We propose a new technique for classifying 5d Superconformal Field Theories arising from brane webs in Type IIB String Theory, using technology from Machine Learning to identify different webs giving rise to the same theory. We concentrate on webs with three external legs, for which the problem is analogous to that of classifying sets of 7-branes....
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We show that standard machine learning algorithms may be trained to predict certain invariants of low genus arithmetic curves. Using datasets of size around 10⁵, we demonstrate the utility of machine learning in classification problems pertaining to the BSD invariants of an elliptic curve (including its rank and torsion subgroup), and the analogous...
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We apply methods of machine-learning, such as neural networks, manifold learning and image processing, in order to study 2-dimensional amoebae in algebraic geometry and string theory. With the help of embedding manifold projection, we recover complicated conditions obtained from so-called lopsidedness. For certain cases it could even reach ∼99% acc...
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In this paper, we employ techniques of machine learning, exemplified by support vector machines and neural classifiers, to initiate the study of whether artificial intelligence (AI) can “learn” algebraic structures. Using finite groups and finite rings as a concrete playground, we find that questions such as identification of simple groups by “look...
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A bstract We study the refined and unrefined crystal/BPS partition functions of D6-D2-D0 brane bound states for all toric Calabi-Yau threefolds without compact 4-cycles and some non-toric examples. They can be written as products of (generalized) MacMahon functions. We check our expressions and use them as vacuum characters to study the gluings. We...
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In this paper, we apply machine learning to the problem of finding numerical Calabi–Yau metrics. We extend previous work on learning approximate Ricci-flat metrics calculated using Donaldson’s algorithm to the much more accurate “optimal” metrics of Headrick and Nassar. We show that machine learning is able to predict the Kähler potential of a Cala...
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On the long-established classification problems in general relativity we take a novel perspective by adopting fruitful techniques from machine learning and modern data-science. In particular, we model Petrov's classification of spacetimes, and show that a feed-forward neural network can achieve high degree of success. We also show how data visualiz...
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We review some recent applications of machine learning to algebraic geometry and physics. Since problems in algebraic geometry can typically be reformulated as mappings between tensors, this makes them particularly amenable to supervised learning. Additionally, unsupervised methods can provide insight into the structure of such geometrical data. At...
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Quivers, gauge theories and singular geometries are of great interest in both mathematics and physics. In this note, we collect a few open questions which have arisen in various recent works at the intersection between gauge theories, representation theory, and algebraic geometry. The questions originate from the study of supersymmetric gauge theor...
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Cluster algebras have recently become an important player in mathematics and physics. In this work, we investigate them through the lens of modern data science, specifically with techniques from network science and machine-learning. Network analysis methods are applied to the exchange graphs for cluster algebras of varying mutation types. The analy...
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We revisit the classic database of weighted-P4s which admit Calabi-Yau 3-fold hypersurfaces equipped with a diverse set of tools from the machine-learning toolbox. Unsupervised techniques identify an unanticipated almost linear dependence of the topological data on the weights. This then allows us to identify a previously unnoticed clustering in th...
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We study the refined and unrefined crystal/BPS partition functions of D6-D2-D0 brane bound states for all toric Calabi-Yau threefolds without compact 4-cycles and some non-toric examples. They can be written as products of (generalized) MacMahon functions. We check our expressions and use them as vacuum characters to study the gluings. We then cons...
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We propose a new technique for classifying 5d Superconformal Field Theories arising from brane webs in Type IIB String Theory, using technology from Machine Learning to identify different webs giving rise to the same theory. We concentrate on webs with three external legs, for which the problem is analogous to that of classifying sets of 7-branes....
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We discuss the relevance of quantum gravity to the frontier questions in high energy phenomenology: the problems of dark matter, dark energy, and vacuum selection as well as the problems of emergent spacetime and wormholes. Dark matter and dark energy phenomenology, and the problem of vacuum selection are discussed within the context of string theo...
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We study machine learning of phenomenologically relevant properties of string compactifications, which arise in the context of heterotic line bundle models. Both supervised and unsupervised learning are considered. We find that, for a fixed compactification manifold, relatively small neural networks are capable of distinguishing consistent line bun...
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We describe how simple machine learning methods successfully predict geometric properties from Hilbert series (HS). Regressors predict embedding weights in projective space to ∼1 mean absolute error, whilst classifiers predict dimension and Gorenstein index to >90% accuracy with ∼0.5% standard error. Binary random forest classifiers managed to dist...
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We study the use of machine learning for finding numerical hermitian Yang–Mills connections on line bundles over Calabi–Yau manifolds. Defining an appropriate loss function and focusing on the examples of an elliptic curve, a K3 surface and a quintic threefold, we show that neural networks can be trained to give a close approximation to hermitian Y...
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The boundary operator is a linear operator that acts on a collection of high-dimensional binary points (simplices) and maps them to their boundaries. This boundary map is one of the key components in numerous applications, including differential equations, machine learning, computational geometry, machine vision and control systems. We consider the...
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We apply machine learning to the problem of finding numerical Calabi-Yau metrics. We extend previous work on learning approximate Ricci-flat metrics calculated using Donaldson's algorithm to the much more accurate "optimal" metrics of Headrick and Nassar. We show that machine learning is able to predict the K\"ahler potential of a Calabi-Yau metric...
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We revisit the classic database of weighted-P4s which admit Calabi-Yau 3-fold hypersurfaces equipped with a diverse set of tools from the machine-learning toolbox. Unsupervised techniques identify an unanticipated almost linear dependence of the topological data on the weights. This then allows us to identify a previously unnoticed clustering in th...
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We propose a novel approach toward the vacuum degeneracy problem of the string landscape, by finding an efficient measure of similarity amongst compactification scenarios. Using a class of some one million Calabi-Yau manifolds as concrete examples, the paradigm of few-shot machine-learning and Siamese Neural Networks represents them as points in R(...
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We apply some of the latest techniques from machine-learning to the arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves. More precisely we show that, with impressive accuracy and confidence (between 99 and 100 percent precision), and in very short time (matter of seconds on an ordinary laptop), a Bayesian classifier can distinguish between Sato–Tate groups given a...
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We study the use of machine learning for finding numerical hermitian Yang-Mills connections on line bundles over Calabi-Yau manifolds. Defining an appropriate loss function and focusing on the examples of an elliptic curve, a K3 surface and a quintic threefold, we show that neural networks can be trained to give a close approximation to hermitian Y...
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We introduce machine learning methodology to the study of lattice polytopes. With supervised learning techniques, we predict standard properties such as volume, dual volume, reflexivity, etc, with accuracies up to 100%. We focus on 2d polygons and 3d polytopes with Pl\"ucker coordinates as input, which out-perform the usual vertex representation.
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Adopting the Mahler measure from number theory, we introduce it to toric quiver gauge theories, and study some of its salient features and physical implications. We propose that the Mahler measure is a universal measure for the quiver, encoding its dynamics with the monotonic behaviour along a so-called Mahler flow including two special points at i...
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Quivers, gauge theories and singular geometries are of great interest in both mathematics and physics. In this note, we collect a few open questions which have arisen in various recent works at the intersection between gauge theories, representation theory, and algebraic geometry. The questions originate from the study of supersymmetric gauge theor...
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Direct hyperlogarithmic integration offers a strong alternative to differential equation methods for Feynman integration, particularly for multi-particle diagrams. We review a variety of results by the authors in which this method, employed with some care, can compute diagrams of up to eight particles and four loops. We also highlight situations in...
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A remarkable result at the intersection of number theory and group theory states that the order of a finite group $G$ (denoted $|G|$) is divisible by the dimension $d_R$ of any irreducible complex representation of $G$. We show that the integer ratios ${ |G|^2 / d_R^2 } $ are combinatorially constructible using finite algorithms which take as input...
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We apply methods of machine-learning, such as neural networks, manifold learning and image processing, in order to study amoebae in algebraic geometry and string theory. With the help of embedding manifold projection, we recover complicated conditions obtained from so-called lopsidedness. For certain cases (e.g. lopsided amoeba with positive coeffi...
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These notes stem from lectures given by the first author (JM) at the 2008 "Moonshine Conference in Kashiwa" and contain a number of new perspectives and observations on Monstrous Moonshine. Because many new points have not appeared anywhere in print, it is thought expedient to update, annotate and clarify them (as footnotes), an editorial task whic...
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We study the dynamics of genetic code evolution. The model of Vetsigian et al. [Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 10696 (2006)] and Vetsigian [Collective evolution of biological and physical systems, Ph.D. thesis, 2005] uses the mechanism of horizontal gene transfer to demonstrate convergence of the genetic code to a near universal solution. We repro...
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An invitation to the world of complex geometry and Calabi–Yau manifolds, extended to the student of physics and to the student of mathematics. It assumes no prior knowledge of string theory or of algebraic geometry and very quickly introduces some terminology.
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The landscape of affine Calabi-Yau varieties, as an initiation to quiver representations. Emphasis is on how to use Macaulay2 and SageMath to compute quantities such as moduli spaces and Hilbert series.
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Thus concludes our excursion into the terra sancta of Calabi–Yau manifolds. From the compact landscape of CICYs and KS hypersurfaces to the non-compact vista of quiver representations and Sasaki–Einstein cones, from the computational algebraic geometry of topological invariants to the combinatorics of convex polytopes and rational cones, and from t...
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This chapter is an elementary introduction of machine-learning to the mathematics and theoretical physics student. The emphasis is on using the data introduced in Chaps. 2 and 3 as a playground to test ideas in machine-learning mathematical structures.
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The landscape of compact Calabi–Yau manifolds, from the torus as an elliptic curve to the quintic manifold. Emphasis is on how software such as Macaulay2 computes desired topological quantities. Links to vast databases of algebraic varieties are provided.
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Realistic evolutionary fitness landscapes are notoriously difficult to construct. A recent cutting-edge model of virus assembly consists of a dodecahedral capsid with 12 corresponding packaging signals in three affinity bands. This whole genome/phenotype space consisting of 312 genomes has been explored via computationally expensive stochastic asse...
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A bstract We show how to map Grothendieck’s dessins d’enfants to algebraic curves as Seiberg-Witten curves, then use the mirror map and the AGT map to obtain the corresponding 4d $$ \mathcal{N} $$ N = 2 supersymmetric instanton partition functions and 2d Virasoro conformal blocks. We explicitly demonstrate the 6 trivalent dessins with 4 punctures o...
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Classical and exceptional Lie algebras and their representations are among the most important tools in the analysis of symmetry in physical systems. In this letter we show how the computation of tensor products and branching rules of irreducible representations is machine-learnable, and can achieve relative speed-ups of orders of magnitude in compa...
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Direct hyperlogarithmic integration offers a strong alternative to differential equation methods for Feynman integration, particularly for multi-particle diagrams. We review a variety of results by the authors in which this method, employed with some care, can compute diagrams of up to eight particles and four loops. We also highlight situations in...
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We describe how simple machine learning methods successfully predict geometric properties from Hilbert series (HS). Regressors predict embedding weights in projective space to ${\sim}1$ mean absolute error, whilst classifiers predict dimension and Gorenstein index to $>90\%$ accuracy with ${\sim}0.5\%$ standard error. Binary random forest classifie...
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Hodge numbers of Calabi-Yau manifolds depend non-trivially on the underlying manifold data and they present an interesting challenge for machine learning. In this letter we consider the data set of complete intersection Calabi-Yau four-folds, a set of about 900,000 topological types, and study supervised learning of the Hodge numbers h1,1 and h3,1...
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We show how to map Grothendieck's dessins d'enfants to algebraic curves as Seiberg-Witten curves, then use the mirror map and the AGT map to obtain the corresponding 4d $\mathcal{N}=2$ supersymmetric instanton partition functions and 2d Virasoro conformal blocks. We explicitly demonstrate the 6 trivalent dessins with 4 punctures on the sphere. We f...
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We review, for a general audience, a variety of recent experiments on extracting structure from machine-learning mathematical data that have been compiled over the years. Focusing on supervised machine-learning on labeled data from different fields ranging from geometry to representation theory, from combinatorics to number theory, we present a com...
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A bstract We study chiral rings of 4d $$ \mathcal{N} $$ N = 1 supersymmetric gauge theories via the notion of K-stability. We show that when using Hilbert series to perform the computations of Futaki invariants, it is not enough to only include the test symmetry information in the former’s denominator. We discuss a way to modify the numerator so th...
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Can artificial intelligence learn mathematics? The question is at the heart of this original monograph bringing together theoretical physics, modern geometry, and data science. The study of Calabi–Yau manifolds lies at an exciting intersection between physics and mathematics. Recently, there has been much activity in applying machine learning to so...
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We show that standard machine-learning algorithms may be trained to predict certain invariants of low genus arithmetic curves. Using datasets of size around one hundred thousand, we demonstrate the utility of machine-learning in classification problems pertaining to the BSD invariants of an elliptic curve (including its rank and torsion subgroup),...
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We briefly overview how, historically, string theory led theoretical physics first to precise problems in algebraic and differential geometry, and thence to computational geometry in the last decade or so, and now, in the last few years, to data science. Using the Calabi-Yau landscape -- accumulated by the collaboration of physicists, mathematician...
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We show that standard machine-learning algorithms may be trained to predict certain invariants of algebraic number fields to high accuracy. A random-forest classifier that is trained on finitely many Dedekind zeta coefficients is able to distinguish between real quadratic fields with class number 1 and 2, to 0.96 precision. Furthermore, the classif...
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Classical and exceptional Lie algebras and their representations are among the most important tools in the analysis of symmetry in physical systems. In this letter we show how the computation of tensor products and branching rules of irreducible representations are machine-learnable, and can achieve relative speed-ups of orders of magnitude in comp...
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We initiate the study of applications of machine learning to Seiberg duality, focusing on the case of quiver gauge theories, a problem also of interest in mathematics in the context of cluster algebras. Within the general theme of Seiberg duality, we define and explore a variety of interesting questions, broadly divided into the binary determinatio...
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We apply some of the latest techniques from machine-learning to the arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves. More precisely we show that, with impressive accuracy and confidence (between 99 and 100 percent precision), and in very short time (matter of seconds on an ordinary laptop), a Bayesian classifier can distinguish between Sato--Tate groups given a...
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We apply machine-learning to the study of dessins d’enfants. Specifically, we investigate a class of dessins which reside at the intersection of the investigations of modular subgroups, Seiberg–Witten (SW) curves and extremal elliptic K3 surfaces. A deep feed-forward neural network with simple structure and standard activation functions without pri...
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Hodge numbers of Calabi-Yau manifolds depend non-trivially on the underlying manifold data and they present an interesting challenge for machine learning. In this letter we consider the data set of complete intersection Calabi-Yau four-folds, a set of about 900,000 topological types, and study supervised learning of the Hodge numbers h^1,1 and h^3,...
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We study chiral rings of 4d $\mathcal{N}=1$ supersymmetric gauge theories via the notion of K-stability. We show that when using Hilbert series to perform the computations of Futaki invariants, it is not enough to only include the test symmetry information in the former's denominator. We propose a way to modify the numerator so that K-stability can...
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We study general properties of the dessins d’enfants associated with the Hecke congruence subgroups Γ0(N) of the modular group PSL2(Z). The definition of the Γ0(N) as the stabilisers of couples of projective lattices in a two-dimensional vector space gives an interpretation of the quotient set Γ0(N)∖PSL2(Z) as the projective lattices N-hyperdistant...
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This article presents a new interpretation of the structure of subjective Bayesian probability spaces. Rather than assuming the linear space of classical statistical theory, it is proposed that Bayes' theorem demands a curved, non-linear probability space. This finding challenges over 250 years of accepted assumptions about Bayes Theorem and necess...
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We apply machine learning to the problem of finding numerical Calabi–Yau metrics. Building on Donaldson's algorithm for calculating balanced metrics on Kähler manifolds, we combine conventional curve fitting and machine‐learning techniques to numerically approximate Ricci‐flat metrics. We show that machine learning is able to predict the Calabi–Yau...
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Calabi-Yau spaces, or Kahler spaces admitting zero Ricci curvature, have played a pivotal role in theoretical physics and pure mathematics for the last half-century. In physics, they constituted the first and natural solution to compactification of superstring theory to our 4-dimensional universe, primarily due to one of their equivalent definition...
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Graph Laplacians as well as related spectral inequalities and (co-)homology provide a foray into discrete analogues of Riemannian manifolds, providing a rich interplay between combinatorics, geometry and theoretical physics. We apply some of the latest techniques in data science such as supervised and unsupervised machine-learning and topological d...
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We demonstrate that various aspects of Conformal Field Theory are amenable to machine learning. Relatively modest feed-forward neural networks are able to distinguish between scale and conformal invariance of a three-point function and identify a crossing-symmetric four-point function to nearly a hundred percent accuracy. Furthermore, neural networ...
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We initiate the study of applications of machine learning to Seiberg duality, focusing on the case of quiver gauge theories, a problem also of interest in mathematics in the context of cluster algebras. Within the general theme of Seiberg duality, we define and explore a variety of interesting questions, broadly divided into the binary determinatio...
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Reflexive polygons have been extensively studied in a variety of contexts in mathematics and physics. We generalize this programme by looking at the 45 different lattice polygons with two interior points up to SL(2,ℤ) equivalence. Each corresponds to some affine toric 3-fold as a cone over a Sasaki-Einstein 5-fold. We study the quiver gauge theorie...
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We apply machine-learning to the study of dessins d'enfants. Specifically, we investigate a class of dessins which reside at the intersection of the investigations of modular subgroups, Seiberg-Witten curves and extremal elliptic K3 surfaces. A deep feed-forward neural network with simple structure and standard activation functions without prior kn...
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Reflexive polygons have been extensively studied in a variety of contexts in mathematics and physics. We generalize this programme by looking at the 45 different lattice polygons with two interior points up to SL(2,$\mathbb{Z}$) equivalence. Each corresponds to some affine toric 3-fold as a cone over a Sasaki-Einstein 5-fold. We study the quiver ga...
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We study machine learning of phenomenologically relevant properties of string compactifications, which arise in the context of heterotic line bundle models. Both supervised and unsupervised learning are considered. We find that, for a fixed compactification manifold, relatively small neural networks are capable of distinguishing consistent line bun...
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In these lecture notes, we survey the landscape of Calabi-Yau threefolds, and the use of machine learning to explore it. We begin with the compact portion of the landscape, focusing in particular on complete intersection Calabi-Yau varieties (CICYs) and elliptic fibrations. Non-compact Calabi-Yau manifolds are manifest in Type II superstring theori...
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Empirical analysis is often the first step towards the birth of a conjecture. This is the case of the Birch-Swinnerton-Dyer (BSD) Conjecture describing the rational points on an elliptic curve, one of the most celebrated unsolved problems in mathematics. Here we extend the original empirical approach, to the analysis of the Cremona database of quan...
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We apply machine learning to the problem of finding numerical Calabi-Yau metrics. Building on Donaldson's algorithm for calculating balanced metrics on K\"ahler manifolds, we combine conventional curve fitting and machine-learning techniques to numerically approximate Ricci-flat metrics. We show that machine learning is able to predict the Calabi-Y...
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We study the vacuum geometry prescribed by the gauge invariant operators of the minimal supersymmetric standard model via the plethystic program. This is achieved by using several tricks to perform the highly computationally challenging Molien-Weyl integral, from which we extract the Hilbert series, encoding the invariants of the geometry at all de...
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A bstract We study the dynamics of genetic code evolution. The algorithm of Vetsigian et al. [1] provides a solution that is both optimal and universal. We reproduce and analyze the algorithm as a dynamical system. All the parameters used in the model are varied to assess their impact on achieving universality. We show that by allowing specific par...
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We study the dynamics of genetic code evolution. The algorithm of Vetsigian et al. [1] provides a solution that is both optimal and universal. We reproduce and analyze the algorithm as a dynamical system. All the parameters used in the model are varied to assess their impact on achieving universality. We show that by allowing specific parameters to...