TY - JOUR

T1 - Understanding machine-learned density functionals

AU - Li, Li

AU - Snyder, John C.

AU - Pelaschier, Isabelle M.

AU - Huang, Jessica

AU - Niranjan, Uma Naresh

AU - Duncan, Paul

AU - Rupp, Matthias

AU - Müller, Klaus Robert

AU - Burke, Kieron

N1 - Funding Information:
Contract grant sponsor: NSF; contract grant number: CHE-1240252. Contract grant sponsor: SNF; contract grant number: PPOOP2-138932.
Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

PY - 2016/6/5

Y1 - 2016/6/5

N2 - Machine learning (ML) is an increasingly popular statistical tool for analyzing either measured or calculated data sets. Here, we explore its application to a well-defined physics problem, investigating issues of how the underlying physics is handled by ML, and how self-consistent solutions can be found by limiting the domain in which ML is applied. The particular problem is how to find accurate approximate density functionals for the kinetic energy (KE) of noninteracting electrons. Kernel ridge regression is used to approximate the KE of non-interacting fermions in a one dimensional box as a functional of their density. The properties of different kernels and methods of cross-validation are explored, reproducing the physics faithfully in some cases, but not others. We also address how self-consistency can be achieved with information on only a limited electronic density domain. Accurate constrained optimal densities are found via a modified Euler-Lagrange constrained minimization of the machine-learned total energy, despite the poor quality of its functional derivative. A projected gradient descent algorithm is derived using local principal component analysis. Additionally, a sparse grid representation of the density can be used without degrading the performance of the methods. The implications for machine-learned density functional approximations are discussed.

AB - Machine learning (ML) is an increasingly popular statistical tool for analyzing either measured or calculated data sets. Here, we explore its application to a well-defined physics problem, investigating issues of how the underlying physics is handled by ML, and how self-consistent solutions can be found by limiting the domain in which ML is applied. The particular problem is how to find accurate approximate density functionals for the kinetic energy (KE) of noninteracting electrons. Kernel ridge regression is used to approximate the KE of non-interacting fermions in a one dimensional box as a functional of their density. The properties of different kernels and methods of cross-validation are explored, reproducing the physics faithfully in some cases, but not others. We also address how self-consistency can be achieved with information on only a limited electronic density domain. Accurate constrained optimal densities are found via a modified Euler-Lagrange constrained minimization of the machine-learned total energy, despite the poor quality of its functional derivative. A projected gradient descent algorithm is derived using local principal component analysis. Additionally, a sparse grid representation of the density can be used without degrading the performance of the methods. The implications for machine-learned density functional approximations are discussed.

KW - density functional theory

KW - kinetic energy functional

KW - machine learning

KW - orbital free

KW - self-consistent calculation

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U2 - 10.1002/qua.25040

DO - 10.1002/qua.25040

M3 - Review article

AN - SCOPUS:84947256057

SN - 0020-7608

VL - 116

SP - 819

EP - 833

JO - International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

JF - International Journal of Quantum Chemistry

IS - 11

ER -