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# Programmaticall y finding "significan t" data points

Hi all,

I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.

Here is some sample data:
data = [0.10, 0.50, 0.60, 0.40, 0.39, 0.50, 1.00, 0.80, 0.60, 1.20,
1.10, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 1.05, 1.20, 0.90, 0.70, 0.80, 0.40, 0.45, 0.35,
0.10]

In this data, some of the significant points include:
data[0]
data[2]
data[4]
data[6]
data[8]
data[9]
data[13]
data[14]
.....

How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance?

Erik

Nov 14 '06 #1
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erikcw wrote:
I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.
....
>
How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance?
Get a book on statistics. One idea is as follows. If you expect the points
to be centred around a single value, you can calculate the median or mean
of the points, calculate their standard deviation (aka spread), and remove
points which are more than N-times the standard deviation from the median.

Jeremy

--
Jeremy Sanders
http://www.jeremysanders.net/
Nov 14 '06 #2
"erikcw" wrote:
I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.

Here is some sample data:
data = [0.10, 0.50, 0.60, 0.40, 0.39, 0.50, 1.00, 0.80, 0.60, 1.20,
1.10, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 1.05, 1.20, 0.90, 0.70, 0.80, 0.40, 0.45, 0.35,
0.10]
silly solution:

for i in range(1, len(data)-1):
if data[i-1] < data[i] data[i+1] or data[i-1] data[i] < data[i+1]:
print i

(the above doesn't handle the "edges", but that's easy to fix)

</F>

Nov 14 '06 #3
erikcw <er***********@ gmail.comwrote:
I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.
I am not sure, what you mean by 'ordered' in this context. As
pointed out by Jeremy, you need to find an appropriate statistical test.
The appropriateness depend on how your data is (presumably) distributed
and what exactly you are trying to test. E.g. do te data pints come from
differetn groupos of some kind? Or are you just looking for extreme
values (outliers maybe?)?

So it's more of statistical question than a python one.

cu
Philipp

--
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Dept. of Genome Oriented Bioinformatics Fax. +49-8161-71 2186
Technical University of Munich
http://mips.gsf.de/staff/pagel
Nov 14 '06 #4
erikcw wrote:
Hi all,

I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.

Here is some sample data:
data = [0.10, 0.50, 0.60, 0.40, 0.39, 0.50, 1.00, 0.80, 0.60, 1.20,
1.10, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 1.05, 1.20, 0.90, 0.70, 0.80, 0.40, 0.45, 0.35,
0.10]

In this data, some of the significant points include:
data[0]
data[2]
data[4]
data[6]
data[8]
data[9]
data[13]
data[14]
....

How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance?
I think you are looking for "extrema":

def w3(items):
items = iter(items)
view = None, items.next(), items.next()
for item in items:
view = view[1:] + (item,)
yield view

for i, (a, b, c) in enumerate(w3(da ta)):
if a b < c:
print i+1, "min", b
elif a < b c:
print i+1, "max", b
else:
print i+1, "---", b

Peter
Nov 14 '06 #5
If the order doesn't matter, you can sort the data and remove x * 0.5 *
n where x is the proportion of numbers you want. If you have too many
similar values though, this falls down. I suggest you check out
quantiles in a good statistics book.

Alan.

Peter Otten wrote:
erikcw wrote:
Hi all,

I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.

Here is some sample data:
data = [0.10, 0.50, 0.60, 0.40, 0.39, 0.50, 1.00, 0.80, 0.60, 1.20,
1.10, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 1.05, 1.20, 0.90, 0.70, 0.80, 0.40, 0.45, 0.35,
0.10]

In this data, some of the significant points include:
data[0]
data[2]
data[4]
data[6]
data[8]
data[9]
data[13]
data[14]
....

How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance?

I think you are looking for "extrema":

def w3(items):
items = iter(items)
view = None, items.next(), items.next()
for item in items:
view = view[1:] + (item,)
yield view

for i, (a, b, c) in enumerate(w3(da ta)):
if a b < c:
print i+1, "min", b
elif a < b c:
print i+1, "max", b
else:
print i+1, "---", b

Peter
Nov 14 '06 #6
erikcw wrote:
I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.
In calculus, you identify high and low points by looking where the
derivative changes its sign. When working with discrete samples, you can
look at the sign changes in finite differences:
>>data = [...]
diff = [data[i + 1] - data[i] for i in range(len(data) )]
map(str, diff)
['0.4', '0.1', '-0.2', '-0.01', '0.11', '0.5', '-0.2', '-0.2', '0.6',
'-0.1', '0.2', '0.1', '0.1', '-0.45', '0.15', '-0.3', '-0.2', '0.1',
'-0.4', '0.05', '-0.1', '-0.25']

The high points are those where diff changes from + to -, and the low
points are those where diff changes from - to +.

HTH,
--
Roberto Bonvallet
Nov 14 '06 #7
>>>>Jeremy Sanders <je************ *******@jeremys anders.netwrite s:
>How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance ?
Get a book on statistics. One idea is as follows. If you expect the points
to be centred around a single value, you can calculate the median or mean
of the points, calculate their standard deviation (aka spread), and remove
points which are more than N-times the standard deviation from the median.
Standard deviation was the first thought that jumped to my mind
too. However, that's not what the OP is after. He's seems to be looking for
points when the direction changes.

Ganesan

--
Ganesan Rajagopal

Nov 14 '06 #8
"erikcw" <er***********@ gmail.comwrote:
I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list. The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.
I think you want a control chart. A good place to start might be
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control_chart. Even if you don't actually
graph the data, understanding the math behind control charts might help you

Wow. I think this is the first time I'm actually used something I learned
by sitting though those stupid Six Sigma training classes :-)
Nov 14 '06 #9

erikcw wrote:
Hi all,

I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list.
Called a "time series" in statistics.
The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern. I need an algorithm to extract the "significan t" high and low
points from this data.

Here is some sample data:
data = [0.10, 0.50, 0.60, 0.40, 0.39, 0.50, 1.00, 0.80, 0.60, 1.20,
1.10, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 1.05, 1.20, 0.90, 0.70, 0.80, 0.40, 0.45, 0.35,
0.10]

In this data, some of the significant points include:
data[0]
data[2]
data[4]
data[6]
data[8]
data[9]
data[13]
data[14]
....

How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance?
The best place to ask about an algorithm for this is not
comp.lang.pytho n -- maybe sci.stat.math would be better. Once you have
an algorithm, coding it in Python should not be difficult. I'd suggest
using the NumPy array rather than the native Python list, which is not
designed for crunching numbers.

Nov 14 '06 #10

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