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Anomaly Detection Service – Parameter Estimation

The Anomaly Detection Service does not provide functionalities for parameter estimation. This section gives an overview of suitable methods to be applied for this task.

Manual Parameter Estimation

Parameter values can be estimated in a semi-automatic and interactive manner. The Anomaly Detection Service can to find out the optimal values which are highly dependent of the data and the targets he wants to reach.

Use a dataset D of size N as input and go through the following process:

  1. Determine eps_nn:
    • Calculate the distance to the nearest neighbor for each data point in D.
    • Sort the distance in descending order and select an edge in the plot eps_nn visually (see Fig. 1).
  2. Determine the cluster size minPts:
    • For each point, count the number of neighbors, which are reachable within distance eps_nn.
    • Plot the distribution of the number of neighbors and select a suitable value for the cluster size, e.g. the maximum (see Fig. 2).
  3. Determine the distance threshold eps:
    • Calculate the distance to the nearest neighbor for each data point.
    • Sort the distance in descending order, visually select the “break point” eps (see Fig. 3).

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