Well-definedness of Physical Law Learning: The Uniqueness Problem

Wednesday May 17, 2023 - 14.30 (GMT+1)

Philipp Scholl

LMU · Mathematisches Institut

Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich



Physical law learning is the ambiguous attempt at automating the derivation of governing equations with the use of machine learning techniques. In this talk we start with building a comprehensive theoretical framework for learning physical laws, aiming to provide reliability to according algorithms. One key problem consists in the fact that the governing equations might not be uniquely determined by the given data.  We will study this problem in the common situation that a physical law is described by an ordinary or partial differential equation. For various different classes of differential equations, we provide both necessary and sufficient conditions for a function from a given function class to uniquely determine the differential equation which is governing the phenomenon. We then use our results to determine in extensive numerical experiments whether a function solves a differential equation uniquely