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Approximate Bayesian computation (ABC)

Prof. Nii Attoh-Okine

Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware

Time: May 13, 2021 @ 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Zoom

“Approximate Bayesian computation (ABC)”Prof. Nii Attoh-Okine, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Delaware

The quality of track geometry is directly linked to vehicle safety, reliability and ride quality. Deviations in track geometry from specifications due to loads and continuous usage may hinder performance and violate limits. Information obtained from the analysis of track geometry data can inform the prompt application of preventive and corrective maintenance measures like tamping, to increase the lifespan of the track and maintain higher train speeds, Bayesian statistical methods have been applied to model track degradation. However, most models rely on likelihood functions which are intractable to compute. In this talk we will discuss Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC), a likelihood-free method, in estimating Track Quality Indices (TQIs) which are essential for track degradation modeling. ABC relies on techniques such as rejection sampling and Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC).
(Joint work with Grace Ashley, Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at UD)

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