Using Boosted Decision Trees to Separate Signal and Background in B to XsGamma Decays

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The measurement of the branching fraction of the flavor changing neutral current B {yields} X{sub s}{gamma} transition can be used to expose physics outside the Standard Model. In order to make a precise measurement of this inclusive branching fraction, it is necessary to be able to effectively separate signal and background in the data. In order to achieve better separation, an algorithm based on Boosted Decision Trees (BDTs) is implemented. Using Monte Carlo simulated events, ''forests'' of trees were trained and tested with different sets of parameters. This parameter space was studied with the goal of maximizing the figure of ... continued below

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Barber, James & /Massachusetts U., Amherst /SLAC September 27, 2006.

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The measurement of the branching fraction of the flavor changing neutral current B {yields} X{sub s}{gamma} transition can be used to expose physics outside the Standard Model. In order to make a precise measurement of this inclusive branching fraction, it is necessary to be able to effectively separate signal and background in the data. In order to achieve better separation, an algorithm based on Boosted Decision Trees (BDTs) is implemented. Using Monte Carlo simulated events, ''forests'' of trees were trained and tested with different sets of parameters. This parameter space was studied with the goal of maximizing the figure of merit, Q, the measure of separation quality used in this analysis. It is found that the use of 1000 trees, with 100 values tested for each variable at each node, and 50 events required for a node to continue separating give the highest figure of merit, Q = 18.37.

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  • Report No.: SLAC-TN-06-015
  • Grant Number: AC02-76SF00515
  • DOI: 10.2172/892609 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 892609
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc884420

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Barber, James & /Massachusetts U., Amherst /SLAC. Using Boosted Decision Trees to Separate Signal and Background in B to XsGamma Decays, report, September 27, 2006; [Menlo Park, California]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc884420/: accessed September 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.