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## A Comparison of Approximate Bayesian Computation and Stochastic Calibration for Spatio-Temporal Models of High-Frequency Rainfall PatternsAdd to your list(s) Download to your calendar using vCal - Matthew Pratola (Ohio State University)
- Thursday 12 April 2018, 15:30-16:00
- Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute.
If you have a question about this talk, please contact info@newton.ac.uk. UNQW04 - UQ for inverse problems in complex systems Modeling complex environmental phenomena such as rainfall patterns has proven challenging due to the difficulty in capturing heavy-tailed behavior, such as extreme weather, in a meaningful way. Recently, a novel approach to this task has taken the form of so-called stochastic weather generators, which use statistical formulations to emulate the distributional patterns of an environmental process. However, while sampling from such models is usually feasible, they typically do not possess closed-form likelihood functions, rendering the usual approaches to model fitting infeasible. Furthermore, some of these stochastic weather generators are now becoming so complex that even simulating from them can be computationally expensive. We propose and compare two approaches to fitting computationally expensive stochastic weather generators motivated by Approximate Bayesian Computation and Stochastic Simulator Calibration methodologies. The methods are then demonstrated by estimating important parameters of a recent stochastic weather generator model applied to rainfall data from the continental USA . This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series. ## This talk is included in these lists:- All CMS events
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