Jan 15 – 17, 2020
Kimmel Center for University Life
America/New_York timezone

Unsupervised new physics searches with data-driven inference

Jan 16, 2020, 2:50 PM
KC 802 (Kimmel Center for University Life)

KC 802

Kimmel Center for University Life

60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012


Dr Dillon Barry (Jozef Stefan Institute)


We have developed a framework for performing unsupervised new physics searches using jet substructure in di-jet events, where the likelihood functions are inferred in a data-driven manner. This framework is based on a machine learning algorithm called Latent Dirichlet Allocation, a statistical model initially used for describing the topical structure of documents. In this talk I will present an overview of and results from this recent work. The results will include: a proof-of-principle analysis on boosted final states from top-quark pair-production, a new physics search for a 3TeV W' boson decaying to boosted jets, and results from the LHC Olympics challenge.

Primary authors

Dr Dillon Barry (Jozef Stefan Institute) Jernej F. Kamenik (Jozef Stefan Institute) Darius Faroughy (Jozef Stefan Institute) Manuel Szewc (ICAS-UNSAM)

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