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# WHAT ARE OUTLIERS?

• A database may contain data objects that do not comply with the general behavior or model of the data. • the outliers may be of particular interest . • Outliers can be caused by measurement or execution error. These data objects are outliers.

Applications: • Fraud detection • Medicine • Public health • Sports statistics • Detecting measurement errors .

OUTLIER DETECTION METHODS • Statistical Distribution-Based Outlier Detection • Distance-Based Outlier Detection • Density-Based Local Outlier Detection • Deviation-Based Outlier Detection .

Statistical Distribution-Based Outlier Detection • assumes a distribution for the given data set • identifies outliers with respect to the model using a discordancy test • requires knowledge of the data set parameters • knowledge of distribution parameters • expected number of outliers. .

How does the discordancy testing work? • This test examines two hypotheses: • working hypothesis • alternative hypothesis .

2. that is. is a statement that the entire data set of n objects comes from an initial distribution model. H.• A working hypothesis. n. … . • H : oi E F. where i = 1. F. • Verifies whether oi is <> in relation to F • Assume T is some statistic used as discordancy test • Assume value of the statistic for object oi is vi • Then distribution T is constructed • SP(vi)=Prob(T > vi). is evaluated • If SP(vi) is small H is rejected .

is adopted.• An alternative hypothesis. which states that oi comes from another distribution model. G. . H. • The result is very much dependent on which model F is chosen because oi may be an outlier under one model and a perfectly valid value under another.

• Inherent alternative distribution H’ : oi E G. 2. • Slippage alternative distribution . n • Mixture alternative distribution G. : : : . n. 2. H : oi E (1-mu)F +muG. : : : .• kinds of alternative distributions. where i = 1. where i = 1.

in a data set. pct.dmin)-outlier. of the objects in D lie at a distance greater than dmin from o.Distance-Based Outlier Detection • An object.11 that is. a DB(pct. o. if at least a fraction. is a distancebased (DB) outlier with parameters pct and dmin. D. .

algorithms for mining distance-based outliers • Index-based algorithm • Nested-loop algorithm • Cell-based algorithm .

.Density-Based Local Outlier Detection • Distance-based outlier detection is based on global distance distribution • It encounters difficulties to identify outliers if data is not uniformly distributed.

Deviation-Based Outlier Detection • it identifies outliers by examining the main characteristics of objects in a group • two techniques for deviation-based outlier detection • Sequential Exception Technique • OLAP Data Cube Technique .

Sequential Exception Technique .

OLAP Data Cube Technique .