Colloquium-March 31, 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017 (3:15 p.m. in Yost 306)

Title: Solution uncertainty quantification for differential equations

Speaker: Oksana Chkrebtii (Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University)

Abstract: When models are defined implicitly by systems of differential equations without a closed form solution, small local errors in finite-dimensional solution approximations can propagate into large deviations from the true underlying state trajectory. Inference for such models relies on a likelihood approximation constructed around a numerical solution, which underestimates posterior uncertainty. This talk will introduce and discuss progress in a new formalism for modeling and propagating discretization uncertainty through the Bayesian inferential framework, allowing exact inference and uncertainty quantification for discretized differential equation models.  

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