Manifold learning for organizing unstructured sets of process observations


Data mining is routinely used to organize ensembles of short temporal observations so as to reconstruct useful, low-dimensional realizations of an underlying dynamical system. In this paper, we use manifold learning to organize unstructured ensembles of observations (“trials”) of a system’s response surface. We have no control over where every trial starts, and during each trial, operating conditions are varied by turning “agnostic” knobs, which change system parameters in a systematic, but unknown way. As one (or more) knobs “turn,” we record (possibly partial) observations of the system response. We demonstrate how such partial and disorganized observation ensembles can be integrated into coherent response surfaces whose dimension and parametrization can be systematically recovered in a data-driven fashion. The approach can be justified through the Whitney and Takens embedding theorems, allowing reconstruction of manifolds/attractors through different types of observations. We demonstrate our approach by organizing unstructured observations of response surfaces, including the reconstruction of a cusp bifurcation surface for hydrogen combustion in a continuous stirred tank reactor. Finally, we demonstrate how this observation-based reconstruction naturally leads to informative transport maps between the input parameter space and output/state variable spaces.

Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 30, no. 4 (2020): 043108
Mahdi Kooshkbaghi
Mahdi Kooshkbaghi
Staff Machine Learning Engineer