A multi-resolution, non-parametric, Bayesian framework for identification of spatially-varying model parameters

Phadeon-Stelios Koutsourelakis

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    Abstract

    This paper proposes a hierarchical, multi-resolution framework for the identification of model parameters and their spatially variability from noisy measurements of the response or output. Such parameters are frequently encountered in PDE-based models and correspond to quantities such as density or pressure fields, elasto-plastic moduli and internal variables in solid mechanics, conductivity fields in heat diffusion problems, permeability fields in fluid flow through porous media etc. The proposed model has all the advantages of traditional Bayesian formulations such as the ability to produce measures of confidence for the inferences made and providing not only predictive estimates but also quantitative measures of the predictive uncertainty. In contrast to existing approaches it utilizes a parsimonious, non-parametric formulation that favors sparse representations and whose complexity can be determined from the data. The proposed framework in non-intrusive and makes use of a sequence of forward solvers operating at various resolutions. As a result, inexpensive, coarse solvers are used to identify the most salient features of the unknown field(s) which are subsequently enriched by invoking solvers operating at finer resolutions. This leads to significant computational savings particularly in problems involving computationally demanding forward models but also improvements in accuracy. It is based on a novel, adaptive scheme based on Sequential Monte Carlo sampling which is embarrassingly parallelizable and circumvents issues with slow mixing encountered in Markov Chain Monte Carlo schemes. The capabilities of the proposed methodology are illustrated in problems from nonlinear solid mechanics with special attention to cases where the data is contaminated with random noise and the scale of variability of the unknown field is smaller than the scale of the grid where observations are collected. (C) 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6184-6211
    Number of pages28
    JournalJournal of Computational Physics
    Volume228
    Issue number17
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2009

    Keywords

    • Uncertainty
    • Complex systems
    • Statistical learning
    • Monte Carlo
    • Bayesian
    • VARIATIONAL MULTISCALE METHOD
    • FINITE-ELEMENT-METHOD
    • MONTE-CARLO METHODS
    • POROUS-MEDIA
    • ELLIPTIC PROBLEMS
    • DATA INTEGRATION
    • INVERSE PROBLEMS
    • COMPUTER-MODELS
    • HEAT-CONDUCTION
    • UNCERTAINTY

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