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

Systematics aware learning: a case study in High Energy Physics

10 Jul 2018, 15:15
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


Mr Victor Estrade (LRI, UPSud, Université Paris-Saclay)


Experimental science often has to cope with systematic errors that coherently bias data. We analyze this issue on the analysis of data produced by experiments of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN as a case of supervised domain adaptation. The dataset used is a representative Higgs to tau tau analysis from ATLAS and released as part of the Kaggle Higgs ML challenge. Perturbations have been introduced into this dataset to mimick systematic errors. A classifier is trained to separate the Higgs signal from the background. The goal is to reduce the sensitivity of the classifier with respect to systematics uncertainty. The figure of merit is the total uncertainty, including statistical and systematics uncertainty.

Systematics-aware learning should create an efficient representation that is insensitive to perturbations induced by the systematic effects. Different techniques have been experimented with and will be reported (i) Data Augmentation (training on a mix of data generated by varying the nuisance parameter), (ii) Adversarial Learning (using the Pivot technique, an adversarial network is trained simultaneously to the classifier to reduce the classifier sensitivity) (iii) Tangent Propagation (regularizing the partial derivative of the classifier score with respect to the nuisance parameter).

Primary authors

David Rousseau (LAL-Orsay, FR) Cecile Germain (Universite Paris Sud) Isabelle Guyon Mr Victor Estrade (LRI, UPSud, Université Paris-Saclay)

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