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Signal Processing Algorithms

A suite of algorithms implementing E-Divisive with Means and Generalized ESD Test for Outliers in python.

Getting Started - Users

pip install signal-processing-algorithms

Getting Started - Developers

Getting the code:

$ git clone
$ cd signal-processing-algorithms

Making a virtual environment and installing the stuff you need into it:

$ virtualenv -p python3 venv
$ source venv/bin/activate
$ pip install -e .
$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Testing stuff:

$ pytest

Running the slow tests:

$ pytest --runslow

Some of the larger tests can take a significant amount of time (more than 2 hours).

The linters:

$ pytest src --flake8 --black --pydocstyle --mypy

Intro to E-Divisive

Detecting distributional changes in a series of numerical values can be surprisingly difficult. Simple systems based on thresholds or mean values can be yield false positives due to outliers in the data, and will fail to detect changes in the noise profile of the series you are analyzing.

One robust way of detecting many of the changes missed by other approaches is to use E-Divisive with Means, an energy statistic based approach that compares the expected distance (Euclidean norm) between samples of two portions of the series with the expected distance between samples within those portions.

That is to say, assuming that the two portions can each be modeled as i.i.d. samples drawn from distinct random variables (X for the first portion, Y for the second portion), you would expect the following to be non-zero if there is a sdifference between the two portions:

Where alpha is some fixed constant in (0, 2). This can be calculated empirically with samples from the portions corresponding to X, Y as follows:

Thus for a series Z of length L, we find the most likely change point by solving the following for argmax(τ) (with a scaling factor of mn/(m+n) and α=1 for simplicity):

Multiple Change Points

The algorithm for finding multiple change points is also simple.

Assuming you have some k known change points:

  1. Partition the series into segments between/around these change points.
  2. Find the maximum value of our divergence metric within each partition.
  3. Take the maximum of the maxima we have just found --> this is our k+1th change point.
  4. Return to step 1 and continue until reaching your stopping criterion.

Stopping Criterion

In this package we have implemented a permutation based test as a stopping criterion:

After step 3 of the multiple change point procedure above, randomly permute all of the data within each cluster, and find the most likely change point for this permuted data using the procedure laid out above.

After performing this operation z times, count the number of permuted change points z' that have higher divergence metrics than the change point you calculated with un-permuted data. The significance level of your change point is thus z'/(z+1).

We allow users to configure a permutation tester with pvalue and permutations representing the significance cutoff for algorithm termination and permutations to perform for each test, respectively.


from signal_processing_algorithms.e_divisive import EDivisive
from signal_processing_algorithms.e_divisive.calculators import cext_calculator
from signal_processing_algorithms.e_divisive.significance_test import QHatPermutationsSignificanceTester
from some_module import series

// Use C-Extension calculator for calculating divergence metrics
calculator = cext_calculator
// Permutation tester with 1% significance threshold performing 100 permutations for each change point candidate
tester = QHatPermutationsSignificanceTester(
    calculator=calculator, pvalue=0.01, permutations=100
algo = EDivisive(calculator=calculator, significance_tester=tester)

change_points = algo.get_change_points(series)

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