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1 Uncertainty and sensitivity analysis- model and measurements Marian Scott and Ron Smith and Clive Anderson University of Glasgow/CEH/University of Sheffield Glasgow, Sept 2006

2 Outline of presentation Errors and uncertainties on measurements Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis of models Quantifying and apportioning variation in model and data. A Bayesian approach Some general comments

3 Uncertainties on measurement

4 The nature of measurement All measurement is subject to uncertainty Analytical uncertainty reflects that every time a measurement is made (under identical conditions), the result is different. Sampling uncertainty represents the natural variation in the organism within the environment.

5 The error and uncertainty in a measurement The error is a single value, which represents the difference between the measured value and the true value The uncertainty is a range of values, and describes the errors which might have been observed were the measurement repeated under IDENTICAL conditions Error (and uncertainty) includes a combination of variance and bias

6 Key properties of any measurement Accuracy refers to the deviation of the measurement from the true value (bias) Precision refers to the variation in a series of replicate measurements (obtained under identical conditions) (variance)

7 Accurate Imprecise Inaccurate Precise Accuracy and precision

8 Evaluation of accuracy In an inter-laboratory study, known-age material is used to define the true age The figure shows a measure of accuracy for individual laboratories Accuracy is linked to Bias

9 Evaluation of precision Analysis of the instrumentation method to make a single measurement, and the propagation of any errors (theory) Repeat measurements (true replicates) – using homogeneous material, repeatedly subsampling, etc…. (experimental) Precision is linked to Variance (standard deviation)

10 The uncertainty range for a measurement of 4509 years with quoted error (1 sigma) 20 years, the measurement uncertainty at 2 sigma, would be years or 4469 to 4549 years. We would say that the true age is highly likely to lie within the uncertainty range (95% confidence)

11 The uncertainty range on the mean From the series of 27 replicate measurements made in a single laboratory over a period of several months. The average age of the series is 4497 years. The standard deviation of the series is 30.2 years. The error on the mean is (30.2/ 27) or 6 years. So the uncertainty (at 2 sigma) on the true age is years or 4485 to 4509 years.

12 Is the quoted error realistic? Commonly judged by making a series of repeat measurements (replicates) and calculating the standard deviation of the series. For the 27 measurements, the is 30.2 years but the quoted errors on individual measurements range from 13 to 33 years. So 30 years might be a more realistic individual error.

13 Are two measurements significantly different? Two examples of measurements of a sample. The measurements were made in two different laboratories and so are assumed statistically independent.

14 Case A a) 2759 years 39 and 2811 years 20 The difference is -52 years and the error is 44 years, ( ( )) therefore the uncertainty range is –52 88 years and includes 0. There is no evidence that these two samples do not have the same true age. These two measurements could therefore be legitimately combined in a weighted average.

15 Case B a) 2885 years 37 and 2781years 30. The difference is 104 years and error is 48 years, therefore the uncertainty range is years or 8 to 200 years and does not include 0. We could conclude that within the individual uncertainties on the measurements, these two samples do not have the same true age. Therefore these two measurements could not be legitimately combined.

16 Can we combine a series of measurements? The results for 6 samples taken from Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands. The samples consisted of single entities (i.e. individual organisms) that represented a relatively short growth interval. The terrestrial samples were either carbonised plant macrofossils (cereal grains or hazelnut shells) or terrestrial mammal bones (cattle or red deer).

17 The test of homogeneity, series of measurements x i, with error s i Null hypothesis says measurements are the same (within error) Calculated the weighted mean, x p the test statistic T = (x i –x p ) 2 /s i 2 This should have a 2 (n-1) distribution

18 Case A , , , , , Using all 6 measurements, the weighted average is years, and T is T compared with a 2 (5), for which the critical value is 11.07, thus we would reject the hypothesis that the samples all had the same true age, so they cannot be combined.

19 Case B , , , the weighted average is 4552 years, and T is T compared with a 2 (3), for which the critical value is 7.8, thus we would not reject the hypothesis that the samples all had the same true age, and so the weighted average (with its error) could be calculated.

20 Model uncertainty

21 Uncertainties uncertainties in input data – uncertainty in model parameter values Conflicting evidence contributes to – uncertainty about model form – uncertainty about validity of assumptions

22 Conceptual system Data Model Policy inputs & parameters model results feedbacks

23 Goals 1. Transparent approach to facilitate awareness/identification/inclusion of uncertainties within analysis 2. Provide useful/robust/relevant uncertainty assessments 3. Provide a means to assess consequences

24 Modelling tools - SA/UA Sensitivity analysis determining the amount and kind of change produced in the model predictions by a change in a model parameter Uncertainty analysis an assessment/quantification of the uncertainties associated with the parameters, the data and the model structure.

25 Modellers conduct SA to determine (a)if a model resembles the system or processes under study, (b)the factors that mostly contribute to the output variability, (c)the model parameters (or parts of the model itself) that are insignificant, (d)if there is some region in the space of input factors for which the model variation is maximum, and (e)if and which (group of) factors interact with each other.

26 SA flow chart ( Saltelli, Chan and Scott, 2000)

27 Design of the SA experiment Simple factorial designs (one at a time) Factorial designs (including potential interaction terms) Fractional factorial designs Important difference: design in the context of computer code experiments – random variation due to variation in experimental units does not exist.

28 SA techniques Screening techniques – O(ne) A(t) T(ime), factorial, fractional factorial designs used to isolate a set of important factors Local/differential analysis Sampling-based (Monte Carlo) methods Variance based methods – variance decomposition of output to compute sensitivity indices

29 Screening screening experiments can be used to identify the parameter subset that controls most of the output variability with low computational effort.

30 Screening methods Vary one factor at a time (NOT particularly recommended) Morris OAT design (global) – Estimate the main effect of a factor by computing a number r of local measures at different points x 1,…,x r in the input space and then average them. – Order the input factors

31 Local SA Local SA concentrates on the local impact of the factors on the model. Local SA is usually carried out by computing partial derivatives of the output functions with respect to the input variables. The input parameters are varied in a small interval around a nominal value. The interval is usually the same for all of the variables and is not related to the degree of knowledge of the variables.

32 Global SA Global SA apportions the output uncertainty to the uncertainty in the input factors, covering their entire range space. A global method evaluates the effect of x j while all other x i,i j are varied as well.

33 How is a sampling (global) based SA implemented? Step 1:define model, input factors and outputs Step 2:assign p.d.f.s to input parameters/factors and if necessary covariance structure. DIFFICULT Step 3:simulate realisations from the parameter pdfs to generate a set of model runs giving the set of output values.

34 Choice of sampling method S(imple) or Stratified R(andom) S(ampling) – Each input factor sampled independently many times from marginal distbns to create the set of input values (or randomly sampled from joint distbn.) – Expensive (relatively) in computational effort if model has many input factors, may not give good coverage of the entire range space L(atin) H(ypercube) S(sampling) – The range of each input factor is categorised into N equal probability intervals, one observation of each input factor made in each interval.

35 SA -analysis At the end of the computer experiment, data is of the form (y ij, x 1i,x 2i,….,x ni ), where x 1,..,x n are the realisations of the input factors. Analysis includes regression analysis (on raw and ranked values), standard hypothesis tests of distribution (mean and variance) for subsamples corresponding to given percentiles of x, and Analysis of Variance.

36 Some new methods of analysis Measures of importance Var Xi (E(Y|X j =x j ))/Var(Y) HIM(X j ) = y i y i /N Sobol sensitivity indices Fourier Amplitude Sensitivity Test (FAST)

37 How can SA/UA help? SA/UA have a role to play in all modelling stages: – We learn about model behaviour and robustness to change; – We can generate an envelope of outcomes and see whether the observations fall within the envelope; – We can tune the model and identify reasons/causes for differences between model and observations

38 On the other hand - Uncertainty analysis Parameter uncertainty – usually quantified in form of a distribution. Model structural uncertainty – more than one model may be fit, expressed as a prior on model structure. Scenario uncertainty – uncertainty on future conditions.

39 Tools for handling uncertainty Parameter uncertainty – Probability distributions and Sensitivity analysis Structural uncertainty – Bayesian framework – one possibility to define a discrete set of models, other possibility to use a Gaussian process

40 An uncertainty example (1) Wet deposition is rainfall ion concentration Rainfall is measured at approximately 4000 locations, map produced by UK Met Office. Rain ion concentrations are measured weekly (now fortnightly or monthly) at around 32 locations.

41 An uncertainty example (2) BUT almost all measurements are at low altitudes much of Britain is upland AND measurement campaigns show rain increases with altitude rain ion concentrations increase with altitude Seeder rain, falling through feeder rain on hills, scavenges cloud droplets with high pollutant concentrations.

42 An uncertainty example (3) Solutions: (a)More measurements Xat high altitude are not routine and are complicated (b) Derive relationship with altitude Xrain shadow and wind drift (over about 10km down wind) confound any direct altitude relationships (c) Derive relationship from rainfall map model rainfall in 2 separate components

43 An uncertainty example (4)

44 An uncertainty example (5) Wet deposition is modelled by ractual rainfall srainfall on low ground (r = s on low ground, and (r-s) is excess rainfall caused by the hill) c rain ion concentration as measured on low ground fenhancement factor (ratio of rain ion concentration in excess rainfall to rain ion concentration in lowground rainfall) deposition = s.c + (r-s).c.f

45 An uncertainty example (6) RainfallConcentrationDeposition

46 An uncertainty example (7) rmodelled rainfall to 5km squares provided by UKMO - unknown uncertainty scale issue - rainfall a point measurement measurement issue - rain gauges difficult to use at high altitude optimistic 30% pessimistic 50% how is the uncertainty represented? (not e.g. 30% everywhere)

47 An uncertainty example (8) ssome sort of smoothed surface (change in prevalence of westerly winds means it alters between years) ckriged interpolation of annual rainfall weighted mean concentrations (variogram not well specified) assume 90% of observations within ±10% of correct value fcampaign measurements indicate values between 1.5 and 3.5

48 An uncertainty example (9) Output measures in the sensitivity analysis are the average flux (kg S ha -1 y -1 ) for (a) GB, and (b) 3 sample areas

49 An uncertainty example (10) Morris indices are one way of determining which effects are more important than others, so reducing further work. but different parameters are important in different areas

50 An uncertainty example (11) 100 simulations Latin Hypercube Sampling of 3 uncertainty factors: enhancement ratio % error in rainfall map % error in concentration

51 An uncertainty example (12) Note skewed distributions for GB and for the 3 selected areas

52 An uncertainty example (13) Original Mean of 100 simulations Standard deviation

53 An uncertainty example (14) CV from 100 simulations Possible bias from 100 simulations

54 An uncertainty example (15) model sensitivity analysis identifies weak areas lack of knowledge of accuracy of inputs a significant problem there may be biases in the model output which, although probably small in this case, may be important for critical loads

55 Conclusions so far The world is rich and varied in its complexity Modelling is an uncertain activity SA/UA are an important tools in model assessment The setting of the problem in a unified Bayesian framework allows all the sources of uncertainty to be quantified, so a fuller assessment to be performed.

56 Bayesian Approach to Model Uncertainty, Calibration, Sensitivity Analysis ….

57 Bayes Essentials Eg experimental determination of a constant Prior ideas about Data Posterior ideas about

58 Bayes Rule likelihood – from model for data generation Bayes Essentials

59 General form: Observations Unknown a (statistical) model describing data generation, specified in a likelihood For inferences to be coherent they must work in this way. + Bayes Essentials

60 Computer/Numerical Models Scientific understanding of environmental processes often expressed in a computer/numerical model …


62 CO 2 : emissions vs atmospheric increase Sinks for Anthropogenic Carbon, Physics Today 2002, J L Sarmiento & N Gruber Computer/Numerical Models

63 usually deterministic, always wrong Computer/Numerical Models how to quantify the uncertainty?

64 Statistical Viewpoint on Numerical Models MODEL INPUTOUTPUT Uncertain as a representation of reality: may not be known may be inadequate uncertainty analysis model inadequacy

65 Numerical model: a function mapping inputs into outputs Output Input x If model outputs available only at a limited number of inputs? How represent knowledge about the model? Emulation Statistical Viewpoint on Numerical Models

66 Bayes Formulation Put a distribution on the space of possible functions; ie, treat as random and use the Bayes machinery to update knowledge about it from runs of the computer model/simulator. (Bayes rule!) Statistical Viewpoint on Numerical Models called an emulator The probability distribution of

67 Numerical Models and Reality - Calibration, Model Inadequacy, Predictive Uncertainty Main goal of modelling: to learn about reality. Relation of numerical model to reality: represent via a statistical model and use the inference machinery to learn about it. One formulation: observations, the true process, the numerical model observational error regression parameter model inadequacy

68 Treat also as an unknown function Earlier, used runs of numerical model to learn about and build emulator. Now in same way use observed data and the emulator to learn about via Bayes rule

69 Calibration: using observed data to learn about model inputs. Find parameters of the two GPs via Bayes rule Can integrate out and use maximizing to get summarizing information about.

70 Prediction and predictive uncertainty: ie what is ? Conditionally is a Gaussian process Combine with for inference about and further combine with for inference about Hence predictions and their uncertainty.

71 GEM software (Gaussian Emulation Machine) Generates a statistical emulator of a computer code from training data consisting of an arbitrary set of inputs and the resulting outputs. Gives the following: – prediction of code output at any untried inputs, taking account of uncertainty in one or more of the code inputs. – main effects of each individual input. – joint effects of each pair of inputs. – percentage allocation to the variance from each individual input. Calibrates code to observations, quantifies model inadequacy & predictive uncertainty GEM-SA, GEM-CAL

72 Kennedy, M. C. & OHagan, A. (2001) Bayesian calibration of computer models. J. Roy. Statist. Soc. B, 63, Kennedy, M. C., OHagan, A. & Higgins, N. (2002) Bayesian analysis of computer code outputs. In Quantitative Methods for Current Environmental Issues, eds CW Anderson, V Barnett, P Chatwin & AH El-Shaarawi. Springer, London. Oakley, J. E. & OHagan, A. (2004) Probabilistic sensitivity analysis. J. Roy. Statist. Soc. B, 66, Saltelli A, Chan K, Scott E M (2000) Sensitivity Analysis. Wiley. Royal Society of Chemistry, Analytical Methods Sub-committee (web) Some References: For GEM software see

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