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International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification
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ISSN Print: 2152-5080
ISSN Online: 2152-5099

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International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification

DOI: 10.1615/Int.J.UncertaintyQuantification.2020032674
Forthcoming Article

Computation of Sobol indices in global sensitivity analysis from small data sets by probabilistic learning on manifolds

Maarten Arnst
University of Liege
Christian Soize
Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
Kevin Bulthuis
University of Liege


Global sensitivity analysis provides insight into how sources of uncertainty contribute to uncertainty in predictions of computational models. Global sensitivity indices, also called variance-based sensitivity indices and Sobol indices, are most often computed with Monte Carlo methods. However, when the computational model is computationally expensive and only a small number of samples can be generated, that is, in so-called small-data settings, usual Monte Carlo estimates may lack sufficient accuracy. As a means of improving accuracy in such small-data settings, we explore the use of probabilistic learning. The objective of the probabilistic learning is to learn from the available samples a probabilistic representation that can be used to generate additional samples, from which Monte Carlo estimates of the global sensitivity indices are then deduced. We demonstrate the interest of such a probabilistic learning method by applying it in an illustration concerned with forecasting the contribution of the Antarctic ice sheet to sea-level rise.