LOF: Identifying Density-Based Local Outliers

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LOF: Identifying Density-Based Local Outliers
For many KDD applications, such as detecting criminal activities in E-commerce, finding the rare instances or the outliers, can be more interesting than finding the common patterns. Existing work in outlier detection regards being an outlier as a binary property. In this paper, we contend that for many scenarios, it is more meaningful to assign to each object a degree of being an outlier. This degree is called the local outlier factor (LOF) of an object. It is local in that the degree depends on how isolated the object is with respect to the surrounding neighborhood. We give a detailed formal analysis showing that LOF enjoys many desirable properties. Using realworld datasets, we demonstrate that LOF can be used to find outliers which appear to be meaningful, but can otherwise not be identified with existing approaches. Finally, a careful performance evaluation of our algorithm confirms we show that our approach of finding local outliers can be practical. Keywords Outlier Detection, D...
Markus M. Breunig, Hans-Peter Kriegel, Raymond T.
Added 01 Aug 2010
Updated 01 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Authors Markus M. Breunig, Hans-Peter Kriegel, Raymond T. Ng, Jörg Sander
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