A learning method for the approximation of discontinuous functions for stochastic simulations
Author(s)Gorodetsky, Alex Arkady
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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Surrogate models for computational simulations are inexpensive input-output approximations that allow expensive analyses, such as the forward propagation of uncertainty and Bayesian statistical inference, to be performed efficiently. When a simulation output does not depend smoothly on its inputs, however, most existing surrogate construction methodologies yield large errors and slow convergence rates. This thesis develops a new methodology for approximating simulation outputs that depend discontinuously on input parameters. Our approach focuses on piecewise smooth outputs and involves two stages: first, efficient detection and localization of discontinuities in high-dimensional parameter spaces using polynomial annihilation, support vector machine classification, and uncertainty sampling; second, approximation of the output on each region using Gaussian process regression. The discontinuity detection methodology is illustrated on examples of up to 11 dimensions, including algebraic models and ODE systems, demonstrating improved scaling and efficiency over other methods found in the literature. Finally, the complete surrogate construction approach is demonstrated on two physical models exhibiting canonical discontinuities: shock formation in Burgers' equation and autoignition in hydrogen-oxygen combustion.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2012.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 79-83).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aeronautics and Astronautics.