Time Series Matching: A Multi-Filter Approach
Candidate: Zhihua Wang
Advisor: Dennis Shasha


Data arriving in time order (time series) arises in disciplines ranging from music to meteorology to finance to motion capture data, to name a few. In many cases, a natural way to query the data is what we call time series matching - a user enters a time series by hand, keyboard or voice and the system finds "similar" time series.

Existing time series similarity measures, such as DTW (Dynamic Time Warping), can accommodate certain timing errors in the query and perform with high accuracy on small databases. However, they all have high computational complexity and the accuracy dramatically drops when the data set grows. More importantly, there are types of errors that cannot be captured by a single similarity measure.

Here we present a general time series matching framework. This framework can easily optimize, combine and test different features to execute a fast similarity search based on the application's requirement. Basically we use a multi-filter chain and boosting algorithms to compose a ranking algorithm. Each filter is a classifier which removes bad candidates by comparing certain features of the time series data. Some filters use a boosting algorithm to combine a few different weak classifiers into a strong classifier. The final filter will give a ranked list of candidates in the reference data which matches the query data.

The framework is applied to build query algorithms for a Query-by-Humming system. Experiments show that the algorithm has a more accurate similarity measure and its response time increases much slower than the pure DTW algorithm when the number of songs in the database increases from 60 to 1400.