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A novel symbolization technique for time-series outlier detection

Smith, Gavin; Goulding, James



The detection of outliers in time series data is a core component of many data-mining applications and broadly applied in industrial applications. In large data sets algorithms that are efficient in both time and space are required. One area where speed and storage costs can be reduced is via symbolization as a pre-processing step, additionally opening up the use of an array of discrete algorithms. With this common pre-processing step in mind, this work highlights that (1) existing symbolization approaches are designed to address problems other than outlier detection and are hence sub-optimal and (2) use of off-the-shelf symbolization techniques can therefore lead to significant unnecessary data corruption and potential performance loss when outlier detection is a key aspect of the data mining task at hand. Addressing this a novel symbolization method is motivated specifically targeting the end use application of outlier detection. The method is empirically shown to outperform existing approaches.


Smith, G., & Goulding, J. (2015). A novel symbolization technique for time-series outlier detection. In 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data).

Conference Name 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2015
Online Publication Date Dec 28, 2015
Publication Date Oct 29, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 8, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 8, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title 2015 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (Big Data)
Keywords Detection; Preprocessing; Symbolization; Quantization; Optimization; Time series; Data mining
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