# Questions tagged [inverse-problem]

In science an inverse problem is the problem of calculating from a set of observations the causes that produced the observations. Examples are tomography and seismic reconstruction, and many others. Use this tag for statistical methods used with inverse problems.

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### How to invert/infer a parameter in nonlinear conditional expectation function

I wouldn't be surprised if this question has already been asked, as it sounds like a standard bookwork result. However, I'm not sure I know the language to describe it, and when I type in the the ...
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### Inverse Neural Networks

Suppose there is a series of transformation applied to the random variable $z_0$ such that $$z_M = f_{\theta_{M}} \circ f_{\theta_{M-1}} \circ \ldots \circ f_{\theta_{1}}(z_0) =: f_{\theta}(z_0).$$ ...
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### Validation of inverse problem solution based on Bayesian method

Recently, I read a paper about the inverse problem and parameter estimation. The main approach of the paper is based on the Bayesian method. The answer in this method is a posterior probability ...
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### MDP optimal policy inverse problem

Given a map $\pi: S \to A$, is there an MDP with state ans action spaces $S,A$ such that it has $\pi$ as an optimal policy if we suppose the MDP is over an infinite time horizon and the optimality ...
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### How to best summarize multivariate and unimodal but asymmetric posterior pdf generated with an MCMC?

To do parameter inference in an inverse problem, I use a Metroplois Hastings MCMC to sample the posterior pdf of the model parameters $\theta$ of the forward model $f(\theta)$. Where the forward model ...
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### Distribution of population size $n$ given binomial sampled quantity $k$ and selection probability $\pi$

Given a drawn (without replacement) sample size $k$ from a binomial distribution with known probability parameter $\pi$, is there a function which gives distribution of likely population size $n$ from ...
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### Existence of least squares and maximum likelihood estimators?

In statistical parameter estimation where there is a deterministic and stochastic component to the observation-generating model, do least squares and maximum likelihood estimators always exist? ...
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### What is the inference behind the momentum variable and the Kinetic energy for a weakly non-linear inverse problems in the HMC method?

We generate an auxiliary momentum variable in the HMC method to provide gradient for the propagation of trajectory (m, p) (model or position, momentum) in the phase space. If we look into Newton's ...
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### Probability of Crossing a Threshold as a Function of Time (Forward Model)

I know the state of some object at a given time. Let's assume that the state is temperature. At each time, I also know the mean and variance of that temperature. I would like to obtain a probability ...
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### Can we get the input from a multilayer perceptron based on the output of one of its hidden layers?

I was reading a relatively new paper that proposed to split a nerual networks layers into groups and sending each group to different nodes to train them in a distributed manner. In order to not send ...
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### Neural Network Inversion and its consequences

I am currently looking at Federated Learning. Here is a good example from google. The idea is that training happens on multiple devices. This means on one hand that training data never leaves a user (...
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### Population Monte Carlo Algorithm using L2 Distance Measure/ Likelihood Distribution

I am currently struggling with some concepts of the Population Monte Carlo Framework. Initially, I came across this set of algorithms as I am currently trying to infer parameters from a 7D ...
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### How to properly solve for the inverse problem of OLS? [duplicate]

In textbook ordinary least squares we want to find a vector of coefficients $b_{k+1\times n}$ such that the sum of the squared deviations of what's observed ($y_{n\times 1}$) from what's assumed to be ...
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### What is the error of my regression? [closed]

I'm conducting a polynomial of a third degree upon a diode measurement where Amplification was measured against Voltage. It's a very exponential behavior. However, I used the ...
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### Is the covariance matrix a diagonal matrix with variances on the diagonals?

I am a geophysicist learning about geophysical inverse problems. In many papers, the authors discuss the "covariance matrix" as it applies to the inverse problem. In most geophysical applications, ...
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### Inferring a Markov chain from its invariant measure

Given a probability measure $p$ on $\{1,\dots,n\}$ assumed to be the invariant measure of some irreducible ergodic Markov chain with unknown transition matrix $P$, i.e., $p = pP$, what (if any) ...
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### Approximation of fractional function that has real-power numerator

I have the function $f(x)=\frac{(1+x)^k}{1+ax}$, where $x>0, 0<a<k<1$. The function has only one maximum at $x_0=\frac{a-k}{a(k-1)}$, increases on the left of $x_0$ and decreases on the ...
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### How to select the regularization parameter between two losses?

In deep learning, the total loss commonly consists of a task-specific loss and a weight regularized loss: loss = loss_specific + lambda * reg_loss In my case (...
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### Machine learning/Deep learning to solve inverse tomographic problem

The typical simplifiled representation of a tomographic system is $y = Ax$, where $y$ is the collected data (sinogram in CT), $A$ is the projection matrix, and $x$ is the unknown image. The ...
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### Marginal Posterior Likelihood-Solving inverse Problem

For a university project, we were required to code our own Parallel Tempering Algorithm and use it to solve an Inverse Problem with 4 Parameters. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if I'm too stupid or have ...
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### Solving an inverse problem with machine learning

I am running up against a very tough inverse problem that I suspect might be solvable using machine learning. Here is the problem. Overview I am studying an object $X$ which, internally, is ...
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### Connection between MCMC and Optimization for Inverse/Parameter-Estmation Problems

I've been considering two approaches to solving inverse/parameter-estimation problems, and I'm curious to the connection and/or difference between the two approaches. Set up: Say we have a forward ...