Invited Talk

Recent Progress in Simulation-Based Inference

Kyle Cranmer

Moderator: Aapo Hyvarinen

[ Abstract ]
Thu 15 Apr 6 a.m. PDT — 7:15 a.m. PDT


The physical sciences are replete with high-fidelity simulators: computational manifestations of causal, mechanistic models. Ironically, while these simulators provide our highest-fidelity physical models, they are not well suited for inferring properties of the model from data. I will formulate the emerging area of simulation-based inference and describe how machine learning and probabilistic programming techniques are being brought to bear on these challenging problems. Finally, I will provide examples of how these techniques can impact particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider, astrophysics, neuroscience, and public health.

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