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SE/SS * ZG 548

Advanced Data Mining

Anomaly Detection
Revision 2.0

BITS Pilani Prof Vineet Garg

Bangalore Professional Development Center
Work Integrated Learning Programmes
Statistical Approaches
Univariate Normal Distribution

Statistical Approaches are model based approaches:

 A model (or distribution) is created for the data.
 Objects are evaluated with respect to how well they fit the model.
 For univariate normal distribution, Gaussian (normal) distribution is
used to identify the outlier.
 The normal distribution N(μ, σ) has two
parameters mean (μ) and standard
deviation (σ). The plot shows the
probability density function for N(0, 1).
 A object’s distance from the center can
be used to test if it is an outlier. For an
object more than 4, the probability is
one in ten thousand (extremely low).


Normal (Gaussian’s) Density
(x   )2
[ ]
P( x ) 
.e 2.  2

2 .(  )
P( x )  probability of occurence for x in t he distribution
  mean
  var iance

e is Euler' s Number  2.71828



1. One univariate data vector is provided in normal distribution as {12,

24, 3, 18, 19, 21, 13}. Find out the probability for a value 15 to occur
considering the vector contains the entire population.
Mean (μ) = 15.71
Variance (σ2) = 42.20
Standard Deviation (σ) = 6.50
A = 1/{(2π)1/2.σ} = 0.061
x = 15
B = -(x- μ)2 / 2. σ2 = -0.006
C = eB = 2.71828(-0.006) = 1
So the probability = AxC= 0.061x1 = 0.061

2. [Optional] Z-normalize the above vector and using the Excel sheet
draw the probability density plot. You can use normdist() function of
Excel to calculate the probability of each data point.


Multivariate Normal Distribution
Probability Density Function (PDF)

 x1 and x2 are the variables in the bivariate normal distribution.

 How this density is identified?
 How outliers can be identified in multivariate normal distribution in
Outlier in Multivariate Normal
 For the univariate dataset, the outlier detection approach is probability density function
drawn from μ and σ assuming the points are in normal distribution.
 The question is how to adopt a similar approach for multivariate normal distribution. The
answer is to take the similar approach and thus the covariance comes into picture.
 When there is correlation among the attributes which are in normal distribution, the
concept of Mahalanobis Distance comes into picture. It uses the covariance in calculating
the distance.
 It is formalized by P.C. Mahalanobis, the famous Indian statistician who is remembered as
the founder of the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and a member of the first planning
commission of India.
Mahalanobis( X , X )  [ X  X ].S 1 .[ X  X ] T
where, X is the mean of X

S 1is the inverse of cov ariance matrix

P.C. Mahalanobis
T 1893-1972
[ X  X ] is the transpose of matrix[ X  X ]

Note : X is a vector of coordinates for a po int 6


Probability Density Function
Multivariate Normal Distribution

If S is the covariance matrix for the multivariate data (m-dimensions).

Then the probability density function for a data point x is given by:
1  .( x  X ).S 1 ( x  X ) T
P( x )  .e 2
( 2 ) .| S |
m 1/ 2

Note the exp onent is a factor of Mahalanobis Dis tan ce

If natural log is taken of this probability the value comes proportional

to the magnitude of the Mahalanobis distance (ln e-x = -x).

So in one way, it is sufficient to use the Mahalanobis distance to

find out the outliers instead of calculating the actual probability.
Covariance Matrix & Inverse
If there are two attributes (X, Y) then covariance matrix
is defined as:
S 
 S YX S YY 
The inverse of a 2x2 matrix is calculated as shown
below. The inverse of above covariance matrix (S-1) can
be calculated similarly:
a b  1  d  b
 c d   ad  bc  c a 
   
Inverse of a 3x3 matrix.
Mahalanobis Distance

Given 15 points (A to O) an outlier needs to be found out using

Mahalanobis Distance.
# X Y (X-X') (Y-Y') Mahalanobis Dist
A 2 2 -2.7 -2.6 4.00
B 2 5 -2.7 0.4 2.06
C 6 5 1.3 0.4 0.44
D 7 3 2.3 -1.6 3.32
E 4 7 -0.7 2.4 3.30
F 6 4 1.3 -0.6 0.77
G 5 3 0.3 -1.6 1.41
H 4 6 -0.7 1.4 1.27
I 2 5 -2.7 0.4 2.06
J 1 3 -3.7 -1.6 3.66
K 6 5 1.3 0.4 0.44
L 7 4 2.3 -0.6 1.80
M 8 7 3.3 2.4 4.31
N 5 6 0.3 1.4 0.94
O 5 4 0.3 -0.6 0.24
Mean (X', Y') 4.7 4.6

Inverse Covariance Matrix

0.25 -0.09
-0.09 0.51

Review the Excel sheet provided through eLearn for the calculations. 9


A Question!

In the previous example, outlier

can be visually identified or may
be using the Euclidean’s distance.
Why we need Mahalanobis 2-D view of a dataset points


L norms provide spatial distance

only. When we have more
dimensions and attributes have
probabilistic relationship,
A possible higher dimensional view of the
Mahalanobis distance is required. same dataset


Density Based Outlier Detection
 DBSCAN clustering algorithm identifies outliers with a global view of the data set.
 In practice, datasets could demonstrate a more complex structure where objects may be considered
outliers with respect to their local neighbourhood. (a data set with different densities).
 In the shown data distribution, there are two clusters C1 and C2.
 Object O3 can be declared as distance based outlier because it is far from the majority of the
 What about objects O1 and O2?
 The distance of O1 and O2 from the objects of cluster C1 is
smaller than the average distance of an object from its
nearest neighbour in the cluster C2.
 O1 and O2 are not distance based outliers. But they are
outliers with respect to the cluster C1 because they
deviate significantly from other objects of C1.
 Similarly the distance between O4 and its nearest neighbour in C2 is higher than the distance
between O1 or O2 and their nearest neighbours in C1, still O4 may not be an outlier because
C2 is sparse. Distance based detection does not capture local outliers. There is a need of
different approach.
Density Based Outliers
For a dataset that is having few objects, let:
 distance (x, y) = The distance between the object x and object y using some norm.
 N(x, k) = The set containing k nearest neighbours for an object x.
 density (x, k) = Density of object x for its k nearest neighbours. It is defined as the
reciprocal of the average distance of k nearest neighbours from x. It can be written
as follows:
| N( x,k )|
density( x,k ) 

y N ( x ,k )
dis tan ce( x, y )

 average relative density (x, k) or outlier score = is the ratio of density of an object x
and the average density of its k nearest neighbours. It can be written as follows:
density( x,k )
average relative density( x,k ) 

y N ( x ,k )
density( y,k ) / | N( x,k )|


average relative
Object distance (x, y) k=3 nearest Objects X Y
Pairs L1 norm Objects
neighbours density (x, k=3) density(x, k=3)
(outlier score) A 1.00 2.00
A-B 1.50 A B, C, D 0.80 1.11 B 2.00 1.50
A-C 0.50 B A, C, D 0.80 1.11 C 1.00 1.50
A-D 1.75 C A, B, D D 2.00 2.75
0.80 1.11
B-C 1.00 E 7.00 2.25
D A, B, C 0.57 0.71
B-D 1.25 F 7.00 2.50
E F, G, H 3.00 1.64
C-D 2.25 G 7.00 2.00
F E, G, H 2.00 0.92
E-F 0.25 H 7.50 2.25
G E, F, H 2.00 0.92
E-G 0.25 I 6.00 2.50
H E, F, G 1.50 0.64
E-I I E, F, G 0.80 0.34
F-G 0.50
F-H 0.75
F-I 1.00
G-H 0.75
G-I 1.50
H-I 1.75

 Notice that objects D and I are least density

objects in their clusters and I is in more dense
region than D.
 When average relative density is taken into
account, I is identified as a more potential
Review Points

 Datasets with probabilistic distribution among attributes

vs. datasets where attributes represent spatial
 Identify the similarities in the univariate and multivariate
probability density functions for normal distribution.
 How do we find outliers in these two different datasets?
 Limitations of DBSCAN to find out local outliers?
 Can you think of a scenario where local outliers
identification could be useful? (e.g. rural and urban areas
on the same datasets)


Thank You

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