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Title: Mining previously unknown patterns in time series data
Author: Gu, Zhuoer
ISNI:       0000 0004 7223 9862
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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The emerging importance of distributed computing systems raises the needs of gaining a better understanding of system performance. As a major indicator of system performance, analysing CPU host load helps evaluate system performance in many ways. Discovering similar patterns in CPU host load is very useful since many applications rely on the pattern mined from the CPU host load, such as pattern-based prediction, classification and relative rule mining of CPU host load. Essentially, the problem of mining patterns in CPU host load is mining the time series data. Due to the complexity of the problem, many traditional mining techniques for time series data are not suitable anymore. Comparing to mining known patterns in time series, mining unknown patterns is a much more challenging task. In this thesis, we investigate the major difficulties of the problem and develop the techniques for mining unknown patterns by extending the traditional techniques of mining the known patterns. In this thesis, we develop two different CPU host load discovery methods: the segment-based method and the reduction-based method to optimize the pattern discovery process. The segment-based method works by extracting segment features while the reduction-based method works by reducing the size of raw data. The segment-based pattern discovery method maps the CPU host load segments to a 5-dimension space, then applies the DBSCAN clustering method to discover similar segments. The reduction-based method reduces the dimensionality and numerosity of the CPU host load to reduce the search space. A cascade method is proposed to support accurate pattern mining while maintaining efficiency. The investigations into the CPU host load data inspired us to further develop a pattern mining algorithm for general time series data. The method filters out the unlikely starting positions for reoccurring patterns at the early stage and then iteratively locates all best-matching patterns. The results obtained by our method do not contain any meaningless patterns, which has been a different problematic issue for a long time. Comparing to the state of art techniques, our method is more efficient and effective in most scenarios.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: China Scholarship Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software