OutRules: A Framework for Outlier Descriptions in Multiple Context Spaces

  • Emmanuel Müller
  • Fabian Keller
  • Sebastian Blanc
  • Klemens Böhm
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7524)


Analyzing exceptional objects is an important mining task. It includes the identification of outliers but also the description of outlier properties in contrast to regular objects. However, existing detection approaches miss to provide important descriptions that allow human understanding of outlier reasons. In this work we present OutRules, a framework for outlier descriptions that enable an easy understanding of multiple outlier reasons in different contexts. We introduce outlier rules as a novel outlier description model. A rule illustrates the deviation of an outlier in contrast to its context that is considered to be normal. Our framework highlights the practical use of outlier rules and provides the basis for future development of outlier description models.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Emmanuel Müller
    • 1
  • Fabian Keller
    • 1
  • Sebastian Blanc
    • 1
  • Klemens Böhm
    • 1
  1. 1.Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)Germany

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