Comparing anomaly detection algorithms for outlier detection on toy datasetsΒΆ

This example shows characteristics of different anomaly detection algorithms on 2D datasets. Datasets contain one or two modes (regions of high density) to illustrate the ability of algorithms to cope with multimodal data.

For each dataset, 15% of samples are generated as random uniform noise. This proportion is the value given to the nu parameter of the OneClassSVM and the contamination parameter of the other outlier detection algorithms. Decision boundaries between inliers and outliers are displayed in black.

Local Outlier Factor (LOF) does not show a decision boundary in black as it has no predict method to be applied on new data.

While these examples give some intuition about the algorithms, this intuition might not apply to very high dimensional data.

Finally, note that parameters of the models have been here handpicked but that in practice they need to be adjusted. In the absence of labelled data, the problem is completely unsupervised so model selection can be a challenge.

# Author: Alexandre Gramfort <>
#         Albert Thomas <>
# License: BSD 3 clause

import time

import numpy as np
import matplotlib
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from sklearn import svm
from sklearn.datasets import make_moons, make_blobs
from sklearn.covariance import EllipticEnvelope
from sklearn.ensemble import IsolationForest
from sklearn.neighbors import LocalOutlierFactor


matplotlib.rcParams['contour.negative_linestyle'] = 'solid'

# Example settings
n_samples = 300
outliers_fraction = 0.15
n_outliers = int(outliers_fraction * n_samples)
n_inliers = n_samples - n_outliers

# define outlier/anomaly detection methods to be compared
anomaly_algorithms = [
    ("Robust covariance", EllipticEnvelope(contamination=outliers_fraction)),
    ("One-Class SVM", svm.OneClassSVM(nu=outliers_fraction, kernel="rbf",
    ("Isolation Forest", IsolationForest(contamination=outliers_fraction,
    ("Local Outlier Factor", LocalOutlierFactor(
        n_neighbors=35, contamination=outliers_fraction))]

# Define datasets
blobs_params = dict(random_state=0, n_samples=n_inliers, n_features=2)
datasets = [
    make_blobs(centers=[[0, 0], [0, 0]], cluster_std=0.5,
    make_blobs(centers=[[2, 2], [-2, -2]], cluster_std=[1.5, .3],
    4. * (make_moons(n_samples=n_samples, noise=.05, random_state=0)[0] -
          np.array([0.5, 0.25])),
    14. * (np.random.RandomState(42).rand(n_samples, 2) - 0.5)]

# Compare given classifiers under given settings
xx, yy = np.meshgrid(np.linspace(-7, 7, 150),
                     np.linspace(-7, 7, 150))

plt.figure(figsize=(len(anomaly_algorithms) * 2 + 3, 12.5))
plt.subplots_adjust(left=.02, right=.98, bottom=.001, top=.96, wspace=.05,

plot_num = 1
rng = np.random.RandomState(42)

for i_dataset, X in enumerate(datasets):
    # Add outliers
    X = np.concatenate([X, rng.uniform(low=-6, high=6,
                       size=(n_outliers, 2))], axis=0)

    for name, algorithm in anomaly_algorithms:
        t0 = time.time()
        t1 = time.time()
        plt.subplot(len(datasets), len(anomaly_algorithms), plot_num)
        if i_dataset == 0:
            plt.title(name, size=18)

        # fit the data and tag outliers
        if name == "Local Outlier Factor":
            y_pred = algorithm.fit_predict(X)
            y_pred =

        # plot the levels lines and the points
        if name != "Local Outlier Factor":  # LOF does not implement predict
            Z = algorithm.predict(np.c_[xx.ravel(), yy.ravel()])
            Z = Z.reshape(xx.shape)
            plt.contour(xx, yy, Z, levels=[0], linewidths=2, colors='black')

        colors = np.array(['#377eb8', '#ff7f00'])
        plt.scatter(X[:, 0], X[:, 1], s=10, color=colors[(y_pred + 1) // 2])

        plt.xlim(-7, 7)
        plt.ylim(-7, 7)
        plt.text(.99, .01, ('%.2fs' % (t1 - t0)).lstrip('0'),
                 transform=plt.gca().transAxes, size=15,
        plot_num += 1

Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 7.031 seconds)

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