About this book#

Welcome to the Uncertainty Quantification Dictionary (UQ Dictionary)!

For what purpose#

Visualization of the UQ Dictionary structure

Fig. 1 The UQ Dictionary cycle summarizes dimensions of uncertainty with respect to its sources, domains and implication.#

The UQ Dictionary is a collaborative live document authored by members of the project “Uncertainty Quantification—from data to reliable knowledge” (UQ) from the Helmholtz Association. The goal of the UQ Dictionary is to provide a common language to facilitate communication and collaboration between the involved research fields.

How to read#

The UQ Dictionary is structured into three broad, interdependent branches: sources of uncertainty, methods for uncertainty quantification, and case studies. The aim of the UQ Dictionary is to provide cross-references between these branches which all serve as mutual starting points. We introduced a number of series which guide the reader from article to the next related one. To read the dictionary along one of these articles, follow the Next buttons at the bottom of those pages.

Visualization of the UQ Dictionary structure

Fig. 2 Schematic representation of the three branches of the UQ Dictionary.#

Who we are#

We are a consortium of domain researchers, statistical and mathematical methods researchers, and research software engineers who care about quantification of uncertainty. The UQ project connects nine universities and insitutes from across Germany (Figure Fig. 3). See here for more information about the participating institutions and their respective members.

Map of participating institutions.

Fig. 3 Map of participating institutions.#

How we did it#

To address the challenges of working together in a large, interdisciplinary research consortium, we tried out agile project management methods. In particular, the UQ Dictionary was developed within the framework of Scrum. We were driven on the one hand by hope for success, and on the other hand by curiosity, with an openness to failure. We accompanied the process scientifically and are planning a publication, which we will refer to here.

Authors of Landing Page#

Martin Frank, Christiane Fuchs, Berit Zeller-Plumhoff

Contributors to Landing Page#

Jonas Bauer, Jordan Gault, Rui Maia