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MadNIS - Neural multi-channel importance sampling

Theo Heimel, Ramon Winterhalder, Anja Butter, Joshua Isaacson, Claudius Krause, Fabio Maltoni, Olivier Mattelaer, Tilman Plehn

SciPost Phys. 15, 141 (2023) · published 6 October 2023

Abstract

Theory predictions for the LHC require precise numerical phase-space integration and generation of unweighted events. We combine machine-learned multi-channel weights with a normalizing flow for importance sampling, to improve classical methods for numerical integration. We develop an efficient bi-directional setup based on an invertible network, combining online and buffered training for potentially expensive integrands. We illustrate our method for the Drell-Yan process with an additional narrow resonance.

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