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Parton distributions with scale uncertainties: a Monte Carlo sampling approach

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Kassabov, Z 
Ubiali, M 
Voisey, C 


jats:titleAjats:scbstract</jats:sc> </jats:title>jats:pWe present the MCscales approach for incorporating scale uncertainties in parton distribution functions (PDFs). The new methodology builds on the Monte Carlo sampling for propagating experimental uncertainties into the PDF space that underlies the NNPDF approach, but it extends it to the space of factorisation and renomalisation scales. A jats:italicprior</jats:italic> probability is assigned to each scale combinations set in the theoretical predictions used to obtain each PDF replica in the Monte Carlo ensemble and a jats:italicposterior</jats:italic> probability is obtained by selecting replicas that satisfy fit-quality criteria. Our approach allows one to exactly match the scale variations in the PDFs with those in the computation of the partonic cross sections, thus accounting for the full correlations between the two. We illustrate the opportunities for phenomenological exploration made possible by our methodology for a variety of LHC observables. Sets of PDFs enriched with scale information are provided, along with a set of tools to use them.</jats:p>



Parton Distributions, Specific QCD Phenomenology

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Journal of High Energy Physics

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Springer Science and Business Media LLC
STFC (1948592)
Royal Society (RGF/EA/180148)
Royal Society (DH150088)
STFC (ST/T000694/1)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) ERC (206409)