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kats: kit to analyze time series

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Kats is a toolkit to analyze time series data, a lightweight, easy-to-use, and generalizable framework to perform time series analysis. Time series analysis is an essential component of Data Science and Engineering work at industry, from understanding the key statistics and characteristics, detecting regressions and anomalies, to forecasting future trends. Kats aims to provide the one-stop shop for time series analysis, including detection, forecasting, feature extraction/embedding, multivariate analysis, etc.

Kats is released by Facebook's Infrastructure Data Science team. It is available for download on PyPI.

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Installation in Python

Kats is on PyPI, so you can use pip to install it.

pip install --upgrade pip
pip install kats

If you need only a small subset of Kats, you can install a minimal version of Kats with

MINIMAL_KATS=1 pip install kats

which omits many dependencies (everything in test_requirements.txt). However, this will disable many functionalities and cause import kats to log warnings. See for full details and options.


Here are a few sample snippets from a subset of Kats offerings:


Using Prophet model to forecast the air_passengers data set.

import pandas as pd

from kats.consts import TimeSeriesData
from kats.models.prophet import ProphetModel, ProphetParams

# take `air_passengers` data as an example
air_passengers_df = pd.read_csv(
    names=["time", "passengers"],

# convert to TimeSeriesData object
air_passengers_ts = TimeSeriesData(air_passengers_df)

# create a model param instance
params = ProphetParams(seasonality_mode='multiplicative') # additive mode gives worse results

# create a prophet model instance
m = ProphetModel(air_passengers_ts, params)

# fit model simply by calling

# make prediction for next 30 month
fcst = m.predict(steps=30, freq="MS")


Using CUSUM detection algorithm on simulated data set.

# import packages
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd

from kats.consts import TimeSeriesData
from kats.detectors.cusum_detection import CUSUMDetector

# simulate time series with increase
df_increase = pd.DataFrame(
        'time': pd.date_range('2019-01-01', '2019-03-01'),
        'increase':np.concatenate([np.random.normal(1,0.2,30), np.random.normal(2,0.2,30)]),

# convert to TimeSeriesData object
timeseries = TimeSeriesData(df_increase)

# run detector and find change points
change_points = CUSUMDetector(timeseries).detector()


We can extract meaningful features from the given time series data

# Initiate feature extraction class
import pandas as pd
from kats.consts import TimeSeriesData
from kats.tsfeatures.tsfeatures import TsFeatures

# take `air_passengers` data as an example
air_passengers_df = pd.read_csv(
    names=["time", "passengers"],

# convert to TimeSeriesData object
air_passengers_ts = TimeSeriesData(air_passengers_df)

# calculate the TsFeatures
features = TsFeatures().transform(air_passengers_ts)


Version 0.2.0

  • Forecasting
    • Added global model, a neural network forecasting model
    • Added global model tutorial
    • Consolidated backtesting APIs and some minor bug fixes
  • Detection
    • Added model optimizer for anomaly/ changepoint detection
    • Added evaluators for anomaly/changepoint detection
    • Improved simulators, to build synthetic data and inject anomalies
    • Added new detectors: ProphetTrendDetector, Dynamic Time Warping based detectors
    • Support for meta-learning, to recommend anomaly detection algorithms and parameters for your dataset
    • Standardized API for some of our legacy detectors: OutlierDetector, MKDetector
    • Support for Seasonality Removal in StatSigDetector
  • TsFeatures
    • Added time-based features
  • Others
    • Bug fixes, code coverage improvement, etc.

Version 0.1.0

  • Initial release


Kats is a project with several skillful researchers and engineers contributing to it.

Kats is currently maintained by Xiaodong Jiang with major contributions coming from many talented individuals in various forms and means. A non-exhaustive but growing list needs to mention: Sudeep Srivastava, Sourav Chatterjee, Jeff Handler, Rohan Bopardikar, Dawei Li, Yanjun Lin, Yang Yu, Michael Brundage, Caner Komurlu, Rakshita Nagalla, Zhichao Wang, Hechao Sun, Peng Gao, Wei Cheung, Jun Gao, Qi Wang, Morteza Kazemi, Tihamér Levendovszky, Jian Zhang, Ahmet Koylan, Kun Jiang, Aida Shoydokova, Ploy Temiyasathit, Sean Lee, Nikolay Pavlovich Laptev, Peiyi Zhang, Emre Yurtbay, Daniel Dequech, Rui Yan, William Luo, Marius Guerard, and Pietari Pulkkinen.


Kats is licensed under the MIT license.

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