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Sigma Corp, a large conglomerate of energy production companies, has recently implemented anomaly detection algorithms and is generally pleased with their performance. However, analysts report that not all anomalies are being identified and the algorithms are too slow at times. As a lead data scientist at Sigma, it’s up to you to address these concerns. To increase the robustness of the algorithms, you’ll implement and optimize the probability-based Empirical Cumulative distribution-based Outlier Detection (ECOD) method, an alternative to statistical methods. You’ll benchmark the ECOD method in order to compare its performance with the statistical MD and PCA methods Sigma is currently using. When you’re finished, you’ll have firsthand experience implementing the highly efficient ECOD method to detect anomalies in multidimensional data.

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Sergio Solorzano

Sergio Solórzano holds a PhD in physics from ETH Zürich, where he specialized in computational physics and published various papers on numerical algorithms for physical simulation and analysis. Currently, he’s a senior researcher and developer at Exeon Analytics, developing systems for anomaly detection in cybersecurity.


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  • Basic testing


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