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Title: A frequentist approach to computer model calibration

The paper considers the computer model calibration problem and provides a general frequentist solution. Under the framework proposed, the data model is semiparametric with a non-parametric discrepancy function which accounts for any discrepancy between physical reality and the computer model. In an attempt to solve a fundamentally important (but often ignored) identifiability issue between the computer model parameters and the discrepancy function, the paper proposes a new and identifiable parameterization of the calibration problem. It also develops a two-step procedure for estimating all the relevant quantities under the new parameterization. This estimation procedure is shown to enjoy excellent rates of convergence and can be straightforwardly implemented with existing software. For uncertainty quantification, bootstrapping is adopted to construct confidence regions for the quantities of interest. As a result, the practical performance of the methodology is illustrated through simulation examples and an application to a computational fluid dynamics model.
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  1. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  3. Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1369-7412
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Journal Name:
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series B (Statistical Methodology); Journal Volume: 79; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1369-7412
Royal Statistical Society - Wiley
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; Mathematics; Bootstrap; Inverse problem; Model misspecification; Semiparametric modelling; Surrogate model; Uncertainty analysis
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