Inverting the signature of a path
The signature of a path is a sequence of iterated coordinate integrals along the path. We aim at reconstructing a path from its signature. In the special case of lattice paths, one can obtain exact recovery based on a simple algebraic observation. For general continuously differentiable curves, we develop an explicit procedure that allows to reconstruct the path via piecewise linear approximations. The errors in the approximation can be quantified in terms of the level of signature used and modulus of continuity of the derivative of the path. The main idea is philosophically close to that for the lattice paths, and this procedure could be viewed as a significant generalisation. A key ingredient is the use of a symmetrisation procedure that separates the behaviour of the path at small and large scales.We will also discuss possible simplifications and improvements that may be potentially significant. Based on joint works with Terry Lyons, and also with Jiawei Chang, Nick Duffield and Hao Ni.