Anomaly detection in website traffic

In the second example, we'll focus on modeling the opposite of the previous example. Instead of discussing what typical fraud-less cases are, we'll discuss the normal expected behavior of the system. If something cannot be matched against our expected model, it will be considered anomalous.

Dataset

We'll work with a publicly available dataset released by Yahoo Labs that is useful for discussing how to detect anomalies in time series data. For Yahoo, the main use case is in detecting unusual traffic on Yahoo servers.

Even though Yahoo announced that their data is publicly available, you have to apply to use it, and it takes about 24 hours before the approval is granted. The dataset is available here:

http://webscope.sandbox.yahoo.com/catalog.php?datatype=s&did=70 ...

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