Gaussian Process Subset Scanning for Anomalous Pattern Detection in Non-iid Data


William Herlands, Edward McFowland, Andrew Wilson, Daniel Neill ;
Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 84:425-434, 2018.


Identifying anomalous patterns in real-world data is essential for understanding where, when, and how systems deviate from their expected dynamics. Yet methods that separately consider the anomalousness of each individual data point have low detection power for subtle, emerging irregularities. Additionally, recent detection techniques based on subset scanning make strong independence assumptions and suffer degraded performance in correlated data. We introduce methods for identifying anomalous patterns in non-iid data by combining Gaussian processes with novel log-likelihood ratio statistic and subset scanning techniques. Our approaches are powerful, interpretable, and can integrate information across multiple streams. We illustrate their performance on numeric simulations and three open source spatiotemporal datasets of opioid overdose deaths, 311 calls, and storm reports.

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