JUNIPR: a framework for unsupervised and interpretable machine learning in particle physics

Berkeley Statistics and Machine Learning Forum


March 4, 2019
1:30pm to 2:30pm
501 Campbell Hall, UC Berkeley


In applications of machine learning to particle physics, a persistent challenge is how to go beyond discrimination to learn about the underlying physics. In this talk, we will present a new framework: JUNIPR, Jets from UNsupervised Interpretable PRobabilistic models, which uses unsupervised learning to learn the intricate high-dimensional contours of the data upon which it is trained, without reference to pre-established labels. In order to approach such a complex task, JUNIPR is structured intelligently around a leading-order model of the physics underlying the data. In addition to making unsupervised learning tractable, this design actually alleviates existing tensions between performance and interpretability. Applications to discrimination, data-driven Monte Carlo generation and reweighting of events will be discussed. Full details about this meeting will be posted here: https://www.benty-fields.com/manage_jc?groupid=191

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Anders Andreassen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Physics, LBL