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Activity Number: 87 - Invited ePoster Session: a Statistical Smörgåsbord
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2018 : 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Sponsor: Astrostatistics Special Interest Group
Abstract #329406
Title: Uncertainty Quantification of Stochastic Computer Model for Binary Black Hole Formation
Author(s): Luyao Lin* and Jim Barrett and Derek Bingham and Ilya Mandel
Companies: Simon Fraser University and University of Birmingham and Simon Fraser University and University of Birmingham
Keywords: Uncertainty Quantification; Gaussian Process; Computer Experiments; Model Calibration; Binary Black Holes; Chirp Mass

Computer experiments are often used to simulate complex physical systems to gain insights of their behaviour. We aim to investigate the formation of binary black holes by means of computer models, with high dimensional input that consists of both random initial conditions and physical parameters. Knowledge of the physical parameters can greatly improve the efficiency of the computer experiment, as the success rate of producing binary black holes characterized by a chirp mass with randomly drawn parameters is extremely low. By combining field data with Gaussian process models as surrogates for the computer model, the physical parameters are calibrated towards their true value. We can accurately predict the distribution of binary black hole chirp mass, at a small fraction of the computational cost of the original models.

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