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Better latent spaces for better autoencoders

Barry M. Dillon, Tilman Plehn, Christof Sauer, Peter Sorrenson

SciPost Phys. 11, 061 (2021) · published 17 September 2021


Autoencoders as tools behind anomaly searches at the LHC have the structural problem that they only work in one direction, extracting jets with higher complexity but not the other way around. To address this, we derive classifiers from the latent space of (variational) autoencoders, specifically in Gaussian mixture and Dirichlet latent spaces. In particular, the Dirichlet setup solves the problem and improves both the performance and the interpretability of the networks.

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