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Bayesian Estimation of Density via Multiple Sequential Inversions of Two-Dimensional Images with Application to Electron Microscopy

Summary: [This abstract is based on the authors' abstract.] This article presents a new Bayesian methodology to learn the unknown material density of a given sample by inverting its two-dimensional images that are taken with a scanning electron microscope. An image results from a sequence of projections of the convolution of the density function with the unknown microscopy correction function that we also learn from the data; thus, learning of the unknowns demands multiple inversions. The authors invoke a novel design of experiment, involving imaging at multiple values of the parameter that controls the subsurface depth from which information about the density structure is carried, to result in the image. Real-life material density functions are characterized by high-density contrasts and are highly discontinuous, implying that they exhibit correlation structures that do not vary smoothly. In the absence of training data, modeling such correlation structures of real material density functions is not possible. So the authors discretize the material sample and treat values of the density function at chosen locations inside it as independent and distribution-free parameters. Resolution of the available image dictates the discretization length of the model; three models pertaining to distinct resolution classes (at micrometer to nanometer scale lengths) are developed. The authors develop priors on the material density, such that these priors adapt to the sparsity inherent in the density function. The likelihood is defined in terms of the distance between the convolution of the unknown functions and the image data. The posterior probability density of the unknowns given the data is expressed using the developed priors on the density and priors on the microscopy correction function as elicited from the microscopy literature. The authors achieve posterior samples using an adaptive Metropolis-within-Gibbs inference scheme. The method is applied to learn the material density of a three-dimensional sample of a nanostructure, using real image data. Illustrations on simulated image data of alloy samples are also included.

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  • Topics: Statistical Process Control (SPC)
  • Keywords: Bayesian methods, Density estimation, Inference procedures, Correlation, Metals, Discrete data, Imaging
  • Author: Chakrabarty, Dalia; Gabrielyan, Nare; Rigat, Fabio; Beanland, Richard; Paul, Shashi
  • Journal: Technometrics