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Performance of top-quark and W -boson tagging with ATLAS in Run 2 of the LHC

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Article number375
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/05/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>European Physical Journal D
Issue number5
Number of pages54
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The performance of identification algorithms (“taggers”) for hadronically decaying top quarks and W bosons in pp collisions at s = 13 TeV recorded by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider is presented. A set of techniques based on jet shape observables are studied to determine a set of optimal cut-based taggers for use in physics analyses. The studies are extended to assess the utility of combinations of substructure observables as a multivariate tagger using boosted decision trees or deep neural networks in comparison with taggers based on two-variable combinations. In addition, for highly boosted top-quark tagging, a deep neural network based on jet constituent inputs as well as a re-optimisation of the shower deconstruction technique is presented. The performance of these taggers is studied in data collected during 2015 and 2016 corresponding to 36.1 fb - 1 for the tt¯ and γ+ jet and 36.7 fb - 1 for the dijet event topologies. © 2019, CERN for the benefit of the ATLAS collaboration.