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Deep Online Hierarchical Unsupervised Learning for Pattern Mining from Utility Usage Data.

Mohamad, S., Arifoglu, D., Mansouri, C. and Bouchachia, A., 2018. Deep Online Hierarchical Unsupervised Learning for Pattern Mining from Utility Usage Data. In: UKCI 2018: 18th Annual UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence, 5-7 September 2018, Nottingham, UK.

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Non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM) has been traditionally approached from signal processing and electrical engineering perspectives. Recently, machine learning has started to play an important role in NILM. While much work has focused on supervised algorithms, unsupervised approaches can be more interesting and of more practical use in real case scenarios. More specifically, they do not require labelled training data to be collected from individual appliances and the algorithm can be deployed to operate on the measured aggregate data directly. In this paper, we propose a fully unsupervised NILM framework based on Deep Belief network (DBN) and online Latent Dirichlet Allocation (LDA). Firstly, the raw signals of the house utilities are fed into DBN to extract low-level generic features in an unsupervised fashion, and then the hierarchical Bayesian model, LDA, learns high-level features that capture the correlations between the low-level ones. Thus, the proposed method (DBN-LDA) harnesses the DBN’s ability of learning distributed hierarchies of features to extract sophisticated appliances specific features without the need of precise human-crafted input representations. The clustering power of the hierarchical Bayesian models helps further summarise the input data by extracting higher-level information representing the residents’ energy consumption patterns. Using Deep-Hierarchical models reduces the computational complexity since LDA is not directly applied to the raw data. The computational efficiency is crucial as our application involves massive data from different types of utility usages. Moreover, we develop a novel online inference algorithm to cope with this big data. Another novelty of this work is that the data is a combination of different utilities (e.g, electricity, water and gas) and some sensors measurements. Finally, we propose different methods to evaluate the results and preliminary experiments show that the DBN-LDA is promising to extract useful patterns.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:unsupervised non-intrusive load monitoring; pattern recognition; online latent dirichlet allocation; deep belief network
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:30874
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Jun 2018 09:28
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:11


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