A Multicover Nerve for Geometric Inference
Presented at the Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry 2012, PEI Canada
We show that filtering the barycentric decomposition of a \v Cech complex by the cardinality of the vertices captures precisely the topology of $k$-covered regions among a collection of balls for all values of $k$. Moreover, we relate this result to the Vietoris-Rips complex to get an approximation in terms of the persistent homology.