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Documenting the setup of Higgsbb analysis code used by cern.

An overview of the software framework can be found here.

The CERN twiki page for Diboson studies may also be useful.

(Note: If at any stage when setting up an environment or building code you encounter a problem before trying anything else first do make clean on anything you have done make on then use a clean shell and retry.)

Running Mode

The code can be run in two different modes. Locally or using PROOF(Parallel ROOT Facility). PROOF allows analysis of a large number of ROOT files in parallel using multiple machines or processor cores.

Running Locally

Code Checkout

The code can be checked out from the correct repository by doing:

mkdir myVH_research
cd myVH_research
svn co svn+ssh://

Note: you may want to set up kerberos first.(I did not require the GSSAPITrustDNS yes line).

Compiling And Using The Code

(Note: for more complete instructions see the README file in the trunk subdirectory)

(1) To setup the environment:

cd myVH_research/trunk
source scripts/

This will setup the required environment variables, the Gnu C++ compiler and ROOTCORE.

(2) To download and compile and extra software required do

(Note: If the extra code fails to compile due to the MET package you need to remove the code and run the 2012 versions of all the scripts)

cd SFrame
cd ..

(3) Next compile the software by doing


(You can also clean up by doing make clean and make distclean)

(4) For the purposes of analysing H->bb decays the code is stored in the AnalysisWZorHbb/ directory.We now need to compile this code before we can do the analysis.

cd AnalysisWZorHbb

Now we can run our analysis by doing sframe_main config/WZorHbb_config_mc_nu_2011.xml for example. The .xml file is where the input files and settings are all defined(e.g. what corrections to apply to the data) and can be modified or written to suit the needs of the analysis. For example to do a H->bb analysis involving zero leptons that makes flat ntuples you need the following lines.

                <Tool Name="BaselineZeroLepton"    Class="WZorHbb">
                                <Item Name="runNominal" Value = "True"/>
                                <Item Name="ntupleName" Value = "Ntuple"/>

(Note: every time you open a shell to run the code you need to do steps (1), (3) and (4) again. i.e. setup the environment and make the code. It is also a good idea to run make clean before you recompile anything.)

Producing Plots

The output from running sframe is stored in .root files as common ntuples. To produce plots from these output files we need to use HistMaker by doing

cd macros

to make the required code. To run the code we use the command

./RunHistMaker  <path to config file> <runMJ> <path to files output by sframe> <output directory>      -- explain better?


./RunHistMaker  configs/zerolepton.config false $HOME/out/AnalysisManager.mc11_7TeV.ZeroLepton.Nominal.root ./

This will output a .root file containing histograms.

If RunHistMaker crashes saying it did not find the cross-section(xsec) for a given number(correlating to a data set) you may need to edit the function InitCrossSections2011() in the file macros/src/process.cpp. You will need to add the following code

allXSecs.push_back(xsection(dataset, cross-section, k factor, 1, "sample name"));  -- find out what 1 is.


allXSecs.push_back(xsection(109351, 4.0638E-05, 1, 1,"ZHnunu"));

Atlas twiki pages can be used to find the cross-section for 7TeV data, 8 TeV data and for general datasets.

For a 2012 event InitCrossSection2012() pulls the information from a file called configs/2012_cross_sections.txt which can be edited to add the information for your particular dataset

Stacking Plots

Stacked plots can be produced using the RunPlotMaker.C program. This uses the plotter.cpp class. This is problematic as the current implementation of plotter.cpp has hard coded references to "BaselineOneLepton" when it looks for tree/branches in the root file provided. This need to be changed depending on what you had in your .xml file. TheRunPlotMaker program itself has hard coded links to a home directory that need to be changed. Choosing what systematics etc. you want to run is done with command line flags. My current version of the edited RunPlotMaker.C can be found here.

Running Using PROOF on Demand(PoD)

Proof is a framework for running many root analyses in parallel. It can be run locally using PROOF-lite which will utilise multiple cores on one machine or it can be run on many machines usind the PoD framework.

Installing and Building

To Install PROOF on Demand first we must get and unpack the code.

cd $HOME
tar -xzvf PoD-3.10-Source.tar.gz

To build the code do

cd $HOME/PoD-3.10-Source
mkdir build
cd build
cmake -C ../BuildSetup.cmake ..
make install
cd myVH_research/ElectroweakBosons/trunk
source scripts/
cd PoD/3.10/

To change the working directory PoD uses along with many other settings just edit $HOME/.PoD/PoD.cfg

(Note: For those using an afs directory you need to change your [server] work_dir parameter to something like /tmp/$USER/PoD)

Now create a file called $HOME/.PoD/ and put the line source /afs/ in it

Then create a file called $HOME/.PoD/ and put the line xpd.rootd allow in it.


Now create a file called $HOME/.PoD/ and put the following settings in it

#! /usr/bin/env bash
echo "Setting user environment for workers ..."
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=/afs/\



We now have PROOF installed but before doing any analysis we must first setup the correct environment. It is advised that after installing PROOF you start from a clean shell then do

cd myVH_research/trunk
source scripts/
source scripts/
cd AnalysisWZorHbb

To start the proof server we can do pod-server start. You can now request worker nodes. To do this we use the pod-submit command. For example to request 20 worker nodes we would do

pod-submit -r lsf -q 1nh -n 20

Where 1nh is the name of a que we are submitting the jobs to and lsf is the name of the resource management system.

Now that we have set up our environment and requested worker nodes we can use the nodes for our analysis. To run analysis we use the same comand as before; sframe_main config/proof_WZorHbb_config_mc_nu_2011.xml.

(Note: It is advisable to use nohup sframe_main config/proof_WZorHbb_config_mc_nu_2011.xml &> output.txt & so that terminal crashes will not kill your job)

However our .xml file will look different from our non-PROOF analysis. We must change the RunMode option to be RunMode="PROOF" and the ProofServer option must also be changed. It must look like ProofServer="username@host:portnumber" where the port number, host and username are those output from the pod-server start command or the pod-info -c. For example ProofServer=""

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