August 28, 2016 to September 4, 2016
Europe/Athens timezone

Bayesian non parametric modelling of the double Higgs production

Sep 1, 2016, 5:20 PM
Kalliopi (Makedonia Palace)


Makedonia Palace


Bruno Scarpa (Università di Padova)


Statistical classification models are commonly used to separate a signal from a background. In this talk we face the problem of isolating the signal of the double Higgs production using the decay channel in which each boson decays into a pair of b-quarks. Typically in this context non parametric methods are used, such as Random Forest or different types of Boosting. We remain in the same non parametric framework, but we propose to face the problem following a Bayesian approach. A Dirichlet process is used as prior for the random effects in a logit model which is fitted by leveraging the Polya-Gamma data augmentation algorithm. Refinements of the model include the insertion in the simple model of P-splines to relate explanatory variables with the response and the use of Bayesian trees (BART) to describe the atoms in the Dirichlet process.

Primary author

Bruno Scarpa (Università di Padova)

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