Glossary

General

BCC
Several metallic including for example elements from groups 5 (V, Nb, Ta) and 6 (Cr, Mo, W) have a body-centered cubic (BCC) ground state structure.
FCC
The face-centered cubic (FCC) lattice is one of the most common crystal structures for metallic elements including e.g., the late transition metals from group 10 (Ni, Pd, Pt) and 11 (Cu, Ag, Au).
DFT
The construction of force constants requires accurate reference data. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are one of the most common source for such data.

Optimization and machine learning

Automatic relevance determination regression
Automatic relevance determination regression (ARDR) is an optimization algorithm provided by scikit-learn
Compressive sensing
Compressive sensing (CS), also known as compressive sampling, is an efficient method for constructing sparse solutions for linear systems.
LASSO
The least absolute shrinkage and selection operator (LASSO) is a method for performing variable selection and regularization in problems in statistics and machine learning.
Kernel ridge regression
Kernel ridge regression (KRR) combines ridge regression with the kernel trick.
Regularization
Regularization, is commonly used in machine learning to combat overfitting and for solving underdetermined systems.

Crystal symmetry and clusters

Crystal symmetry operation
A crystal symmetry operation for a specific lattice means that the lattice is invariant under this operation. An operation comprises translational and rotational components.
Cluster
A cluster is defined as a set of points on a lattice.
Cluster size
The size of a cluster (commonly refered to as the cluster radius) is defined as the average distance to the geometrical center of the cluster.
Cluster space
The set of clusters into which a structure can be decomposed.
Cutoff
Cutoffs define the longest allowed distance between two atoms in a cluster for each order.
Orbit
An orbit is defined as a set of symmetry equivalent clusters
Orientation family
An orientation family is a subgroup to an orbit, which contains those clusters that are oriented identically in the lattice.

Force constants

Irreducible parameters
Many elements of the force constant matrices are related to each other by symmetry operations. The irreducible set up of parameters is obtained by applying all symmetry operations allowed by the space group of the ideal lattice and the sum rules.
Sum rules
In order for a force constant potential to fulfill translational invariance certain constraints are imposed on the force constants. These constraints are commonly referred to as sum rules.