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Python implementation of k-Shape, a new fast and accurate unsupervised time-series cluster algorithm. See also

We used this implementation for our paper: Sieve: Actionable Insights from Monitored Metrics in Distributed Systems


kshape is available on PyPI

$ pip install kshape

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If you are using a virtualenv activate it. Otherwise you can install into the system python

$ python install


from kshape.core import kshape, zscore

time_series = [[1,2,3,4], [0,1,2,3], [0,1,2,3], [1,2,2,3]] cluster_num = 2 clusters = kshape(zscore(time_series, axis=1), cluster_num) #=> [(array([-1.161895 , -0.38729833, 0.38729833, 1.161895 ]), [0, 1, 2]),

(array([-1.22474487, 0. , 0. , 1.22474487]), [3])]

Returns list of tuples with the clusters found by kshape. The first value of the tuple is zscore normalized centroid. The second value of the tuple is the index of assigned series to this cluster. The results can be examined by drawing graphs of the zscore normalized values and the corresponding centroid.

Gotchas when working with real-world time series

  • If the data is available from different sources with same frequency but at different points in time, it needs to be aligned.
  • In the following a tab seperated file is assumed, where each column is a different observation; gapps in columns happen, when only a certain value at this point in time was obtained.
import pandas as pd
# assuming the time series are stored in a tab seperated file, where `time` is
# the name of the column containing the timestamp
df = pd.read_csv(filename, sep="\t", index_col='time', parse_dates=True)
# use a meaningful sample size depending on how the frequency of your time series:
# Higher is more accurate, but if series gets too long, the calculation gets cpu and memory intensive.
# Keeping the length below 2000 values is usually a good idea.
df = df.resample("500ms").mean()
df.interpolate(method="time", limit_direction="both", inplace=True)
df.fillna(method="bfill", inplace=True)
  • kshape also expect no time series with a constant observation value or 'n/a'
time_series = []
for f in df.columns:
  if not df[f].isnull().any() and df[f].var() != 0:

Relevant Articles

Original paper

Paparrizos J and Gravano L (2015).
k-Shape: Efficient and Accurate Clustering of Time Series.
In Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data, series SIGMOD '15,
pp. 1855-1870. ISBN 978-1-4503-2758-9, '

Our paper where we used the python implementation

  author       = {J{\"o}rg Thalheim, Antonio Rodrigues, Istemi Ekin Akkus, Pramod Bhatotia, Ruichuan Chen, Bimal Viswanath, Lei Jiao, Christof Fetzer},
  title        = {Sieve: Actionable Insights from Monitored Metrics in Distributed Systems}
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of Middleware Conference (Middleware)},
  year         = {2017},

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