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A normalized autoencoder for LHC triggers

Barry M. Dillon, Luigi Favaro, Tilman Plehn, Peter Sorrenson, Michael Krämer

SciPost Phys. Core 6, 074 (2023) · published 3 November 2023


Autoencoders are an effective analysis tool for the LHC, as they represent one of its main goal of finding physics beyond the Standard Model. The key challenge is that out-of-distribution anomaly searches based on the compressibility of features do not apply to the LHC, while existing density-based searches lack performance. We present the first autoencoder which identifies anomalous jets symmetrically in the directions of higher and lower complexity. The normalized autoencoder combines a standard bottleneck architecture with a well-defined probabilistic description. It works better than all available autoencoders for top vs QCD jets and reliably identifies different dark-jet signals.

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