Parallel adaptive Bayesian quadrature for rare event estimation

Dang, Chao, Wei, Pengfei, Faes, Matthias GR, Valdebenito, Marcos A and Beer, Michael ORCID: 0000-0002-0611-0345
(2022) Parallel adaptive Bayesian quadrature for rare event estimation. RELIABILITY ENGINEERING & SYSTEM SAFETY, 225. p. 108621.

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Various numerical methods have been extensively studied and used for reliability analysis over the past several decades. However, how to understand the effect of numerical uncertainty (i.e., numerical error due to the discretization of the performance function) on the failure probability is still a challenging issue. The active learning probabilistic integration (ALPI) method offers a principled approach to quantify, propagate and reduce the numerical uncertainty via computation within a Bayesian framework, which has not been fully investigated in context of probabilistic reliability analysis. In this study, a novel method termed ‘Parallel Adaptive Bayesian Quadrature’ (PABQ) is proposed on the theoretical basis of ALPI, and is aimed at broadening its scope of application. First, the Monte Carlo method used in ALPI is replaced with an importance ball sampling technique so as to reduce the sample size that is needed for rare failure event estimation. Second, a multi-point selection criterion is proposed to enable parallel distributed processing. Four numerical examples are studied to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of the proposed method. It is shown that PABQ can effectively assess small failure probabilities (e.g., as low as 10−7) with a minimum number of iterations by taking advantage of parallel computing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Reliability analysis, Gaussian process, Numerical uncertainty, Bayesian quadrature, Parallel computing
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2022 13:39
Last Modified: 29 May 2023 01:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.ress.2022.108621
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