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Fast likelihood analysis in more dimensions for xenon TPCs

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Flamedisx

Fast likelihood analysis in more dimensions for xenon TPCs.

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Flamedisx aims to increase the practical number of dimensions and parameters in likelihoods for liquid-xenon (LXe) detectors, which are leading the field of direct dark matter detection.

Traditionally, particle physicists compute signal and background models by filling histogram 'templates' with high-statistics Monte Carlo (MC) simulations. However, the LXe model can also be computed with a series of (large) matrix multiplications, equivalent to the integral approximated by the MC simulation. Using TensorFlow makes this computation differentiable and GPU-scalable, so it can be used practically for fitting and statistical inference.

The result is a better sensitivity, since the likelihood can use all observables, and more robust fits, because using simultaneous correlated nuisance parameters no longer requires challenging interpolation and template morphing.

Getting started

To get started, Launch our tutorial on Colaboratory, or view it statically on GitHub or ReadTheDocs.

Our paper gives a detailed description of Flamedisx, and compares Flamedisx quantitatively to traditional template-based methods.

If you want all the details, see the Flamedisx Documentation and our Notebooks repository.

1.3.0 / 2020-08-25

  • Block system (#81)
  • Documentation (#81)
  • Bugfixes (#83, #87, #89)

1.2.0 / 2020-07-21

  • Access BBF data and XENON-utilities (#80)
  • Double photoelectron emission modeling (#78)
  • Optimization improvements (#76)
  • Bugfix (#79)

1.1.0 / 2020-07-09

  • Nonlinear constraint limit setting (experimental) (#70)
  • Dimension scaling inside optimizers (#72)
  • Auto-guess rate multipliers (#74)
  • Python 3.8 builds (#73)
  • Add sanity checks on input and guess (#69)

1.0.0 / 2020-03-26

  • Fiducial volume specification (#64)
  • Added default cS1 cut (#63)
  • Cleanup and optimizations (#63, #64, #65)

0.5.0 / 2020-01-31

  • Autographed Hessian; use Hessian in the optimizer (#62)
  • Check for optimizer failures (#61)
  • Trace single-batch likelihood, but use numpy thereafter (#61)
  • Fix simulation/data discrepancy in recombination fluctuation
  • Adjust optimizer defaults
  • Option to use time-averaged WIMP spectra

0.4.0 / 2020-01-15

  • Many changes to objectives and inference (#59, #60)
  • Add tilt to objective for interval/limit searches
  • one_parameter_interval -> limit and interval methods
  • Optimizers use bounds
  • Tolerance option homogenization (first pass)
  • Auto-guess limits

0.3.1 / 2019-11-26

  • Performance improvements and cleanup (#58)
  • Improve one_parameter_interval arguments (#56)
  • Add Tutorial output to flamedisx-notebooks (#56)
  • Bugfixes (#57)

0.3.0 / 2019-11-19

  • Split off notebook folder to flamedisx-notebooks
  • Pass source specific parameters correctly (#51)
  • Flexible event padding (#54)
  • SciPy optimizer and optimizer settings (#54)
  • one_parameter_interval (#54)
  • Bugfixes (#46, #55, #51)
  • Unify optimizers (#54)

0.2.2 / 2019-10-30

  • Minuit optimizer (#40)
  • Likelihood simulator (#43, #44)
  • Updates to NRSource (#40)

0.2.1 / 2019-10-24

  • Workaround for numerical errors (#38, #39)

0.2.0 / 2019-10-11

  • Spatially dependent rates (#27)
  • Time dependent energy spectra (#24)
  • XENON1T SR1-like model / fixes (#22, #32)
  • Switch optimizer to BFGS + Hessian (#19)
  • Multiple source support (#14)
  • Optimization (#13)
  • Bugfixes / refactor (#18, #20, #21, #28, #30, #31, #35)

0.1.2 / 2019-07-24

  • Speedup ER computation, add tutorial (#11)
  • Optimize lookup-axis1 (#10)

0.1.1 / 2019-07-21

  • 5x speedup for Hessian (#9)
  • Fix pip install

0.1.0 / 2019-07-16

  • Batching (#7)
  • Inference (#6)
  • Ported to tensorflow / GPU support (#1, #2, #3, #5)

0.0.1 / 2019-03-17

  • Initial numpy-based version

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