Leave-one-out kernel density estimates for outlier detection

Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi, Rob J Hyndman
(2021) J Computational & Graphical Statistics, to appear

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This paper introduces lookout, a new approach to detect outliers using leave-one-out kernel density estimates and extreme value theory. Outlier detection methods that use kernel density estimates generally employ a user defined parameter to determine the bandwidth. Lookout uses persistent homology to construct a bandwidth suitable for outlier detection without any user input. We demonstrate the effectiveness of lookout on an extensive data repository by comparing its performance with other outlier detection methods based on extreme value theory. Furthermore, we introduce outlier persistence, a useful concept that explores the birth and the cessation of outliers with changing bandwidth and significance levels. The R package lookout implements this algorithm.