Bayesian Large Model Calibration Using Simulation and Measured Data for Improved Predictions 2015-01-0481
When utilizing large models containing numerous uncertain parameters, model calibration becomes a critical step in the analysis. Traditional methods of calibration involve adjusting uncertain parameters based on expert opinion or best estimates. While this traditional calibration may lead to better model predictions, it usually only yields better estimates for certain specific conditions. This drastically reduces the functionality of the model in question. Bayesian calibration is an alternative to traditional calibration methods which utilizes available information (simulation results and/or real world measured values) to iteratively refine uncertain parameters (either assumed or measured uncertainty) while considering not only parametric uncertainty, but also model, observational, and residual uncertainties at every step of the calibration process. Various methods have been previously developed for executing the calibration process, several of which can drastically reduce the computational expense of Bayesian calibration. A numerical example is included to illustrate the functionality of Bayesian calibration.