2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
SOEE5675M Inverse Theory
10 creditsClass Size: 10
Module manager: Dr Phil Livermore
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsStudents require a solid background in university level maths (particularly matrix algebra) and working knowledge of Python.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|SOEE5116M||Computational Inverse Theory|
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryGiven a description of a physical system, we can predict the values of any measurements we might make. This is known as a forward problem. The inverse problem is to use actual measurements to constrain the values of the parameters that characterise the system. Various approaches can be taken to solve an inverse problem depending on the linearity of the forward problem, the form of the measurement errors, the non-uniqueness of solutions and the number of model parameters and observations. This module will cover how to characterize any specific geophysical problem and choose, then implement, an appropriate approach. Students will learn the theoretical basis behind different approaches and also put them into practice using Python on a range of geophysical problems. .
ObjectivesTo provide training in the design and solution of inverse problems, including model formulation and parametrisation, over- and under-constrained problems, linear and non-linear solution methods. To provide an understanding of how to quantify the uncertainty in a solution, based on data uncertainty and model setup.
After completing this module, students will be able to
1. Formulate inverse problems
2. Explain the difficulties inherent in inverse problems
3. Solve linear inverse problems using least-squares
4. Linearise and solve non-linear inverse problems
5. Describe and implement methods for regularization of ill-posed problems
6. Formulate inverse problems in terms of probability distributions
7. Solve inverse problems using Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms
8. Describe and implement some machine learning algorithms.
Formulation of inverse problems, linear least-squares, best linear unbiased estimator (BLUE), propagation of errors, maximum likelihood solutions, linearisation of non-linear problems, Monte Carlo error propagation, ill-posed problems, resolution matrix, regularization, cross validation, Bayesian inference, Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms, neighbourhood algorithms, machine learning.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||70.00|
|Total Contact hours||30.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyCompletion of practical problems (10 x 2 hours).
Background reading for lectures (10 x 2 hours).
Exam preparation and revision (1 x 30 hours).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackContinuous monitoring during practicals with immediate formative assessment and feedback. Coursework provides a mixture of summative (counts towards 20% of the final mark) and formative assessment. Weekly short answer questions will build towards a cumulative answer to a mock exam; formative feedback will be given on answers.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||20.00|
All resits will be in the same format.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Open Book exam||2 hr||80.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||80.00|
Re-sits will be assessed by a single 2 hour exam only (no coursework)
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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