9-13 July 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria
Europe/Sofia timezone

Boosting Neutral Particles Identification by Boosting Trees: LHCb case

11 Jul 2018, 12:15
Hall 9 (National Palace of Culture)

Hall 9

National Palace of Culture

presentation Track 6 – Machine learning and physics analysis T6 - Machine learning and physics analysis


Viktoriia Chekalina (Yandex School of Data Analysis (RU))


Reconstruction and identification in calorimeters of modern High Energy Physics experiments is a complicated task. Solutions are usually driven by a priori knowledge about expected properties of reconstructed objects. Such an approach is also used to distinguish single photons in the electromagnetic calorimeter of the LHCb detector on LHC from overlapping photons produced from high momentum pi0 decays. We studied an alternative solution based on applying machine learning techniques to primary calorimeter information, that are energies collected in individual cells around the energy cluster. ML based model employs extreme gradient boosting trees approach which is widely used nowadays, and separates pi0 and photon responses from “first principles” i.e. plain energies deposited in calorimeter cells. This approach allowed to improve separation performance score from 80% to 93% on simulated data, that means reducing primary photons fake rate by factor of four. This presentation will describe the approach used for this identification problem, and compare performances obtained on simulated and real data. Possible extension and generalisation of the approach also will be discussed.

Primary authors

Donal Hill (University of Oxford (GB)) Martino Borsato (Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (ES)) Viktoriia Chekalina (Yandex School of Data Analysis (RU))

Presentation materials