Bayesian coarsening: rapid tuning of polymer model parameters

H Weeratunge and D Robe and A Menzel and AW Phillips and M Kirley and K Smith-Miles and E Hajizadeh, RHEOLOGICA ACTA, 62, 477-490 (2023).

DOI: 10.1007/s00397-023-01397-w

A protocol based on Bayesian optimization is demonstrated for determining model parameters in a coarse-grained polymer simulation. This process takes as input the microscopic distribution functions and temperature-dependent density for a targeted polymer system. The process then iteratively considers coarse-grained simulations to sample the space of model parameters, aiming to minimize the discrepancy between the new simulations and the target. Successive samples are chosen using Bayesian optimization. Such a protocol can be employed to systematically coarse-grained expensive high-resolution simulations to extend accessible length and time scales to make contact with rheological experiments. The Bayesian coarsening protocol is compared to a previous machine-learned parameterization technique which required a high volume of training data. The Bayesian coarsening process is found to precisely and efficiently discover appropriate model parameters, in spite of rough and noisy fitness landscapes, due to the natural balance of exploration and exploitation in Bayesian optimization.

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