The paper “Adaptive reconstruction of imperfectly-observed monotone functions, with applications to uncertainty quantification” by Luc Bonnet, Jean-Luc Akian, Éric Savin, and myself has just appeared in a special issue of the journal Algorithms devoted to Methods and Applications of Uncertainty Quantification in Engineering and Science. In this work, motivated by the computational needs of the optimal uncertainty quantification (OUQ) framework, we present and develop an algorithm for reconstructing a monotone function \(F\) given the ability to interrogate \(F\) pointwise but subject to partially controllable one-sided observational errors of the type that one would typically encounter if the observations would arise from a numerical optimisation routine.
L. Bonnet, J.-L. Akian, É. Savin, and T. J. Sullivan. “Adaptive reconstruction of imperfectly-observed monotone functions, with applications to uncertainty quantification.” Algorithms 13(8):196, 2020.
Abstract. Motivated by the desire to numerically calculate rigorous upper and lower bounds on deviation probabilities over large classes of probability distributions, we present an adaptive algorithm for the reconstruction of increasing real-valued functions. While this problem is similar to the classical statistical problem of isotonic regression, the optimisation setting alters several characteristics of the problem and opens natural algorithmic possibilities. We present our algorithm, establish sufficient conditions for convergence of the reconstruction to the ground truth, and apply the method to synthetic test cases and a real-world example of uncertainty quantification for aerodynamic design.