Variational system identification of the partial differential equations governing pattern-forming physics: Inference under varying fidelity and noise

Abstract

We present a contribution to the field of system identification of partial differential equations (PDEs), with emphasis on discerning between competing mathematical models of pattern-forming physics. The motivation comes from developmental biology, where pattern formation is central to the development of any multicellular organism, and from materials physics, where phase transitions similarly lead to microstructure. In both these fields there is a collection of nonlinear, parabolic PDEs that, over suitable parameter intervals and regimes of physics, can resolve the patterns or microstructures with comparable fidelity. This observation frames the question of which PDE best describes the data at hand. This question is particularly compelling because knowledge of the governing PDE immediately delivers insights to the physics underlying the systems. While building on recent work that uses stepwise regression, we present advances that leverage the variational framework and statistical tests. We also address the influences of variable fidelity and noise in the data.

Date
Citation
Z. Wang, X. Huan, and K. Garikipati. Variational system identification of the partial differential equations governing pattern-forming physics: Inference under varying fidelity and noise. arXiv preprint, arXiv:1812.11285, 2019.

BibTeX

@article{Wang2019a,
author = {Wang, Zhenlin and Huan, Xun and Garikipati, Krishna},
journal = {arXiv preprint arXiv:1812.11285},
title = {{Variational system identification of the partial differential equations governing pattern-forming physics: Inference under varying fidelity and noise}},
year = {2019}
}