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Robust Jet Classifiers through Distance Correlation


While deep learning has proven to be extremely successful at supervised classification tasks at the LHC and beyond, for practical applications, raw classification accuracy is often not the only consideration. One crucial issue is the stability of network predictions, either versus changes of individual features of the input data or against systematic perturbations. We present a new method based on a novel application of "distance correlation," a measure quantifying nonlinear correlations, that achieves equal performance to state-of-the-art adversarial decorrelation networks but is much simpler and more stable to train. To demonstrate the effectiveness of our method, we carefully recast a recent ATLAS study of decorrelation methods as applied to boosted, hadronic W tagging. We also show the feasibility of regularization with distance correlation for more powerful convolutional neural networks, as well as for the problem of hadronic top tagging.

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