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Title: The use of minimal spanning trees in particle physics

Minimal spanning trees (MSTs) have been used in cosmology and astronomy to distinguish distributions of points in a multi-dimensional space. They are essentially unknown in particle physics, however. We briefly define MSTs and illustrate their properties through a series of examples. We show how they might be applied to study a typical event sample from a collider experiment and conclude that MSTs may prove useful in distinguishing different classes of events.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1]
  1. Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0010143
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Instrumentation
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 12; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1748-0221
Publisher:
Institute of Physics (IOP)
Research Org:
Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; analysis and statistical methods; pattern recognition, cluster finding, calibration and fitting methods
OSTI Identifier:
1424587