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Activity Number: 581
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Thursday, August 7, 2014 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences
Abstract #310937 View Presentation
Title: Calibration, Error, and Extrapolative Predictions with Computational Models
Author(s): David W. Higdon*+
Companies: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Keywords: Bayesian inference ; computer model calibration ; extrapolation

In the presence of relevant physical observations, one can usually calibrate a computer model, and even estimate systematic discrepancies of the model from reality. Estimating and quantifying the uncertainty in this model discrepancy can lead to reliable predictions - so long as the prediction "is similar to" the available physical observations. Exactly how to define "similar" has proven difficult in many applications. Clearly it depends on how well the computational model captures the relevant physics in the system, as well as how portable the model discrepancy is in going from the available physical data to the prediction. This talk will discuss these concepts using computational models ranging from simple to very complex.

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