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Given a set
X
of
n
feature vectors
x
1
= (
x
11
,…,
x
1
p
), ...,
x
n
= (
x
n
1
,…,
x
np
) of dimension
p
, the problem is to identify the vectors that do not belong to the underlying distribution (see [ Ben05 ] for exact definitions of an outlier).
The multivariate outlier detection method takes into account dependencies between features. This method can be parametric, assumes a known underlying distribution for the data set, and defines an outlier region such that if an observation belongs to the region, it is marked as an outlier. Definition of the outlier region is connected to the assumed underlying data distribution. The following is an example of an outlier region for multivariate outlier detection:
where
M
n
and
Σ
n
are (robust) estimates of the vector of means and variance-covariance matrix computed for a given data set,
α
n
is the confidence coefficient, and
g
(
n
,
α
n
) defines the limit of the region.

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