Robust data-driven approach for predicting the configurational energy of high entropy alloys

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Jiaxin Zhang*, Xianglin Liu, Sirui Bi, Junqi Yin, Guannan Zhang, and Markus Eisenbach. "Robust data-driven approach for predicting the configurational energy of high entropy alloys." Materials & Design 185 (2020): 108247.


High entropy alloys (HEAs) are promising next-generation materials due to their various excellent properties. To understand these properties, it's necessary to characterize the chemical ordering and identify order-disorder transitions through efficient simulation and modeling of thermodynamics. In this study, a robust data-driven framework based on Bayesian approaches is proposed for the accurate and efficient prediction of configurational energy of high entropy alloys. The recently proposed effective pair interaction (EPI) model with ensemble sampling is used to map the configuration and its corresponding energy. Given limited data calculated by first-principles calculations, Bayesian regularized regression not only offers an accurate and stable prediction but also effectively quantifies the uncertainties associated with EPI parameters. Compared with the arbitrary truncation of model complexity, we further conduct a physical feature selection to identify the truncation of coordination shells in EPI model using the Bayesian information criterion. The results achieve efficient and robust performance in predicting the configurational energy, particularly given small data. The developed methodology is applied to study a series of refractory HEAs, i.e. NbMoTaW, NbMoTaWV and NbMoTaWTi where it is demonstrated how dataset size affects the confidence when data is sparse.

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