A New Method to Detect Outliers in High-frequency Time Series
- Ilaria Lucrezia Amerise
- Agostino Tarsitano
The objective of this research is to develop a fast, simple method for detecting and replacing extreme spikes in high-frequency time series data. The method primarily consists of a nonparametric procedure that pursues a balance between fidelity to observed data and smoothness. Furthermore, through examination of the absolute difference between original and smoothed values, the technique is also able to detect and, where necessary, replace outliers with less extreme data.
Unlike other filtering procedures found in the literature, our method does not require a model to be specified for the data. Additionally, the filter makes only a single pass through the time series. Experiments show that the new method can be validly used as a data preparation tool to ensure that time series modeling is supported by clean data, particularly in a complex context such as one with high-frequency data.
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