Marat Freytsis (University of Oregon)
Bryan Ostdiek (University of Oregon)
Applications of machine learning tools to problems of physical interest are often criticized for producing sensitivity at the expense of transparency. In this talk, I explore a procedure for identifying combinations of variables -- aided by physical intuition -- that can discriminate signal from background. Weights are introduced to smooth away the features in a given variable(s). New networks...
Eric Metodiev (MIT)
Jack Collins (University of Maryland)
Kyle Cranmer (NYU)
We use an adversarial neural network to train a jet classifier that remains largely uncorrelated with the jet mass --- a nuisance parameter that is highly correlated with the observed features. This adversarial training strategy balances the dual objectives of classification accuracy and decorrelation, reducing the deleterious effect of systematic uncertainties in the background modeling. The...