Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Pichara K. and Soto A. (2011)

Active learning and subspace clustering for anomaly detection. http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/IDA-2010-0461

Revista : Intelligent Data Analysis
Volumen : 15
Número : 2
Páginas : 151-171
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Today, anomaly detection is a highly valuable application in the analysis of current huge datasets. Insurance companies, banks and many manufacturing industries need systems to help humans to detect anomalies in their daily information. In general, anomalies are a very small fraction of the data, therefore their detection is not an easy task. Usually real sources of an anomaly are given by specific values expressed on selective dimensions of datasets, furthermore, many anomalies are not really interesting for humans, due to the fact that interestingness of anomalies is categorized subjectively by the human user. In this paper we propose a new semi-supervised algorithm that actively learns to detect relevant anomalies by interacting with an expert user in order to obtain semantic information about user preferences. Our approach is based on 3 main steps. First, a Bayes network identifies an initial set of candidate anomalies. Afterwards, a subspace clustering technique identifies relevant subsets of dimensions. Finally, a probabilistic active learning scheme, based on properties of Dirichlet distribution, uses the feedback from an expert user to efficiently search for relevant anomalies. Our results, using synthetic and real datasets, indicate that, under noisy data and anomalies presenting regular patterns, our approach correctly identifies relevant anomalies.