Dec 12 – 15, 2022
Europe/Paris timezone

Machine Learning LHC likelihoods

Dec 14, 2022, 4:00 PM
6/R-012 - conference room (CERN)

6/R-012 - conference room


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Humberto Reyes-González (University of Genoa)


Full statistical models encapsulate the complete information of an experimental result, including the likelihood function given observed data. Their proper publication is of vital importance for a long lasting legacy of the LHC. Major steps have been taken towards this goal; a notable example being ATLAS release of statistical models with the pyhf framework. However, even the likelihoods are often high-dimensional complex functions that are not straightforward to parametrize. Thus, we propose to describe them with Normalizing Flows, a modern type of generative networks that explicitly learn the probability density distribution. As a proof of concept we focused on two likelihoods from global fits to SM observables and a likelihood of a NP-like search, obtaining great results for all of them. Complementarily, for New Physics search reinterpretation we are often only interested in the profiled likelihood given a signal strength, reducing the problem to a much less dimensional one. In this talk, we also discuss ongoing efforts on parametrising profiled likelihoods with neural networks.

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Humberto Reyes-González (University of Genoa)

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