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Unsupervised Outlier Detection in Multidimensional Data


Atiq Ur Rehman, Samir Belhaouari

Publication Type:

Journal article


Journal of Big Data


Detection and removal of outliers in a dataset is a fundamental preprocessing task without which the analysis of the data can be misleading. Furthermore, the existence of anomalies in the data can heavily degrade the performance of machine learning algorithms. In order to detect the anomalies in a dataset in an unsupervised manner, some novel statistical techniques are proposed in this paper. The proposed techniques are based on statistical methods considering data compactness and other properties. The newly proposed ideas are found efficient in terms of performance, ease of implementation, and computational complexity. Furthermore, two proposed techniques presented in this paper use transformation of data to a unidimensional distance space to detect the outliers, so irrespective of the data’s high dimensions, the techniques remain computationally inexpensive and feasible. Comprehensive performance analysis of the proposed anomaly detection schemes is presented in the paper, and the newly proposed schemes are found better than the state-of-the-art methods when tested on several benchmark datasets.


author = {Atiq Ur Rehman and Samir Belhaouari},
title = {Unsupervised Outlier Detection in Multidimensional Data},
volume = {8},
pages = {1--27},
month = {June},
year = {2021},
journal = {Journal of Big Data},
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