Search for a standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair and decaying to bottom quarks using a matrix element method
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AuthorKhachatryan, Vladimir; Brochero Cifuentes, Javier Andrés; Cabrillo Bartolomé, José Iban; Calderón Tazón, Alicia; Duarte Campderros, Jorge; Fernández García, Marcos; Gómez Gramuglio, Gervasio; Graziano, Alberto; López Virto, María Amparo; Marco de Lucas, Jesús; Marco de Lucas, Rafael José; Martínez Rivero, Celso; Matorras Weinig, Francisco; Muñoz Sánchez, Francisca Javiela; Piedra Gómez, Jonatan; Rodrigo Anoro, Teresa; Rodríguez Marrero, Ana Yaiza; Ruiz Jimeno, Alberto; Scodellaro, Luca; [et al.]
A search for a standard model Higgs boson produced in association with a top-quark pair and decaying to bottom quarks is presented. Events with hadronic jets and one or two oppositely charged leptons are selected from a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 19.5 fb-1 collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC in pp collisions at a centre-of-mass energy of 8 TeV. In order to separate the signal from the larger tt¯ + jets background, this analysis uses a matrix element method that assigns a probability density value to each reconstructed event under signal or background hypotheses. The ratio between the two values is used in a maximum likelihood fit to extract the signal yield. The results are presented in terms of the measured signal strength modifier, µ, relative to the standard model prediction for a Higgs boson mass of 125 GeV. The observed (expected) exclusion limit at a 95 % confidence level is µ<4.2 (3.3), corresponding to a best fit value µ^=1.2+1.6-1.5.