TitleA Genetic Algorithm to Discover Flexible Motifs with Support
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsSerrà J, Matic A, Arcos JLluis, Karatzoglou A
Conference NameIEEE 16th International Conference on Data Mining Workshops
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Conference LocationBarcelona
Date Published12/2016
ISBN Number2375-9259/16

Finding repeated patterns or motifs in a time series is an important unsupervised task that has still a number of open issues, starting by the definition of motif. In this paper, we revise the notion of motif support, characterizing it as the number of patterns or repetitions that define a motif. We then propose GENMOTIF, a genetic algorithm to discover motifs with support which, at the same time, is flexible enough to accommodate other motif specifications and task characteristics. GENMOTIF is an anytime algorithm that easily adapts to many situations: searching in a range of segment lengths, applying uniform scaling, dealing with multiple dimensions, using different similarity and grouping criteria, etc. GENMOTIF is also parameter-friendly: it has only two intuitive parameters which, if set within reasonable bounds, do not substantially affect its performance. We demonstrate the value of our approach in a number of synthetic and real-world settings, considering traffic volume measurements, accelerometer signals, and telephone call records. 

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