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  1. null (Ed.)
    A key challenge in searches for resonant new physics is that classifiers trained to enhance potential signals must not induce localized structures. Such structures could result in a false signal when the background is estimated from data using sideband methods. A variety of techniques have been developed to construct classifiers which are independent from the resonant feature (often a mass). Such strategies are sufficient to avoid localized structures, but are not necessary. We develop a new set of tools using a novel moment loss function (Moment Decomposition or MoDe) which relax the assumption of independence without creating structures in the background. By allowing classifiers to be more flexible, we enhance the sensitivity to new physics without compromising the fidelity of the background estimation. 
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  2. Biscarat, C. ; Campana, S. ; Hegner, B. ; Roiser, S. ; Rovelli, C.I. ; Stewart, G.A. (Ed.)
    The locations of proton-proton collision points in LHC experiments are called primary vertices (PVs). Preliminary results of a hybrid deep learning algorithm for identifying and locating these, targeting the Run 3 incarnation of LHCb, have been described at conferences in 2019 and 2020. In the past year we have made significant progress in a variety of related areas. Using two newer Kernel Density Estimators (KDEs) as input feature sets improves the fidelity of the models, as does using full LHCb simulation rather than the “toy Monte Carlo” originally (and still) used to develop models. We have also built a deep learning model to calculate the KDEs from track information. Connecting a tracks-to-KDE model to a KDE-to-hists model used to find PVs provides a proof-of-concept that a single deep learning model can use track information to find PVs with high efficiency and high fidelity. We have studied a variety of models systematically to understand how variations in their architectures affect performance. While the studies reported here are specific to the LHCb geometry and operating conditions, the results suggest that the same approach could be used by the ATLAS and CMS experiments. 
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