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Efficient sampling of stochastic nonlinear wave equations using low-dimensional reductions

April 30, 2018, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location Science Hall - 102, the Sokol Room
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics
Mathematical Sciences Seminar TypeDepartment Colloquium

Richard Moore, NJIT

The ability to compute probabilities of rare events is of critical importance in several physical settings, ranging from chemical reactions to magnetic memory devices. Importance sampling using closed- or open-loop feedback based on maximum likelihood paths has been demonstrated to improve the efficiency of Monte Carlo estimation of such probabilities by several orders of magnitude, even when the maximum likelihood paths are determined from an approximate model of low dimension. We demonstrate this approach using examples taken from fiber-optic communications, mode-locked lasers, and magnetoresistive memory. We show how careful observation of the biased dynamics can suggest improvements to the low-dimensional model that can, in turn, be fed back into new biased simulations of the full model.