Attention to Mean-Fields for Particle Cloud Generation

Benno Käch, Isabell Melzer-Pellmann
High Energy Physics - Experiment, High Energy Physics - Experiment (hep-ex), Machine Learning (cs.LG)
2023-05-23 16:00:00
The generation of collider data using machine learning has emerged as a prominent research topic in particle physics due to the increasing computational challenges associated with traditional Monte Carlo simulation methods, particularly for future colliders with higher luminosity. Although generating particle clouds is analogous to generating point clouds, accurately modelling the complex correlations between the particles presents a considerable challenge. Additionally, variable particle cloud sizes further exacerbate these difficulties, necessitating more sophisticated models. In this work, we propose a novel model that utilizes an attention-based aggregation mechanism to address these challenges. The model is trained in an adversarial training paradigm, ensuring that both the generator and critic exhibit permutation equivariance/invariance with respect to their input. A novel feature matching loss in the critic is introduced to stabilize the training. The proposed model performs competitively to the state-of-art whilst having significantly fewer parameters.
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