PAA and SAX features

This example presents a comparison between PAA [1], SAX [2] and 1d-SAX [3] features.

PAA (Piecewise Aggregate Approximation) corresponds to a downsampling of the original time series and, in each segment (segments have fixed size), the mean value is retained.

SAX (Symbolic Aggregate approXimation) builds upon PAA by quantizing the mean value. Quantization boundaries are computed for all symbols to be equiprobable, under a standard normal distribution assumption.

Finally, 1d-SAX is an extension of SAX in which each segment is represented by an affine function (2 parameters per segment are hence quantized: slope and mean value).

[1] E. Keogh & M. Pazzani. Scaling up dynamic time warping for datamining applications. SIGKDD 2000, pp. 285–289.

[2] J. Lin, E. Keogh, L. Wei, et al. Experiencing SAX: a novel symbolic representation of time series. Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, 2007. vol. 15(107)

[3] S. Malinowski, T. Guyet, R. Quiniou, R. Tavenard. 1d-SAX: a Novel Symbolic Representation for Time Series. IDA 2013.

Raw time series, PAA, SAX, 8 symbols, 1d-SAX, 64 symbols(8x8)
# Author: Romain Tavenard
# License: BSD 3 clause

import numpy
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

from tslearn.generators import random_walks
from tslearn.preprocessing import TimeSeriesScalerMeanVariance
from tslearn.piecewise import PiecewiseAggregateApproximation
from tslearn.piecewise import SymbolicAggregateApproximation, \

# Generate a random walk time series
n_ts, sz, d = 1, 100, 1
dataset = random_walks(n_ts=n_ts, sz=sz, d=d)
scaler = TimeSeriesScalerMeanVariance(mu=0., std=1.)  # Rescale time series
dataset = scaler.fit_transform(dataset)

# PAA transform (and inverse transform) of the data
n_paa_segments = 10
paa = PiecewiseAggregateApproximation(n_segments=n_paa_segments)
paa_dataset_inv = paa.inverse_transform(paa.fit_transform(dataset))

# SAX transform
n_sax_symbols = 8
sax = SymbolicAggregateApproximation(n_segments=n_paa_segments,
sax_dataset_inv = sax.inverse_transform(sax.fit_transform(dataset))

# 1d-SAX transform
n_sax_symbols_avg = 8
n_sax_symbols_slope = 8
one_d_sax = OneD_SymbolicAggregateApproximation(
transformed_data = one_d_sax.fit_transform(dataset)
one_d_sax_dataset_inv = one_d_sax.inverse_transform(transformed_data)

plt.subplot(2, 2, 1)  # First, raw time series
plt.plot(dataset[0].ravel(), "b-")
plt.title("Raw time series")

plt.subplot(2, 2, 2)  # Second, PAA
plt.plot(dataset[0].ravel(), "b-", alpha=0.4)
plt.plot(paa_dataset_inv[0].ravel(), "b-")

plt.subplot(2, 2, 3)  # Then SAX
plt.plot(dataset[0].ravel(), "b-", alpha=0.4)
plt.plot(sax_dataset_inv[0].ravel(), "b-")
plt.title("SAX, %d symbols" % n_sax_symbols)

plt.subplot(2, 2, 4)  # Finally, 1d-SAX
plt.plot(dataset[0].ravel(), "b-", alpha=0.4)
plt.plot(one_d_sax_dataset_inv[0].ravel(), "b-")
plt.title("1d-SAX, %d symbols"
          "(%dx%d)" % (n_sax_symbols_avg * n_sax_symbols_slope,


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