Online mining for association rules and collective anomalies in data streams

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© 2017 IEEE. When analyzing streaming data, the results can depreciate in value faster than the analysis can be completed and results deployed. This is certainly the case in the area of anomaly detection, where detecting a potential problem as it is occurring (or in the early stages) can permit corrective behavior. However, most anomaly detection methods focus on point anomalies, whilst many fraudulent behaviors could be detected only through collective analysis of sequences of data in practice. Moreover, anomaly detection systems often stop at detecting anomalies; they typically do not provide information about how the features (attributes) of anomalies relate to each other or to those in normal states. The goal of this research is to create a distributed system that allows for the detection of collective anomalies from streaming data, and to provide a richer context of information about the anomalies besides their presence. To accomplish this, we (a) re-engineered an online sequence anomaly detection algorithm and (b) designed new algorithms for targeted association mining to run on a streaming, distributed environment. Our experiments, conducted on both synthetic and real-world data sets, demonstrated that the proposed framework is able to achieve near real-time response in detecting anomalies and extracting information pertaining to the anomalies.

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Proceedings - 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2017

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