TY - EJOU
AU - Zhang, W.
AU - Han, X.
AU - Liu, J.
AU - Tan, Z. H.
TI - A Combined Sensitive Matrix Method and Maximum Likelihood Method for Uncertainty Inverse Problems
T2 - Computers, Materials \& Continua
PY - 2011
VL - 26
IS - 3
SN - 1546-2226
AB - The uncertainty inverse problems with insufficiency and imprecision in the input and/or output parameters are widely existing and unsolved in the practical engineering. The insufficiency refers to the partly known parameters in the input and/or output, and the imprecision refers to the measurement errors of these ones. In this paper, a combined method is proposed to deal with such problems. In this method, the imprecision of these known parameters can be described by probability distribution with a certain mean value and variance. Sensitive matrix method is first used to transform the insufficient formulation in the input and/or output to a resolvable one, and then the mean values of these unknown parameters can be identified by maximizing the likelihood of the measurements. Finally, to quantify the uncertainty propagation, confidence intervals of the obtained solutions are calculated based on linearization and Monte Carlo methods. Two numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the present method.
KW - Inverse problems
KW - Uncertainty
KW - Sensitivity matrix method
KW - Maximum likelihood method
KW - Confidence interval
DO - 10.3970/cmc.2011.026.201