In this vignette (tutorial), I want to demonstrate you, how the **TSrepr** package is simply extensible. Its methods (functions) can be extended (or combined) for arbitrary feature extraction method from a time series or by a new time series representation method.
This useful feature supports several implemented functions in **TSrepr** package.
They can be split into two groups according to a number of features extracted:

- extract only one value (feature) from a time series (or time series subsequence)
- extract multiple values (features) from a time series (or time series subsequence)

The first of the mentioned scenarios supports methods (functions): **PAA** (`repr_paa`

), **Mean Seasonal Profile** (`repr_seas_profile`

) and **FeaTrend** (`repr_featrend`

).
The second scenario supports functions: `repr_windowing`

and `repr_matrix`

.

The **PAA** representation method aggregates subsequence of a time series by one value - in original by an average value. However, it can be also used for extracting other useful features. For example, it can be median, sum or minimum and maximum.
For instance, we want to aggregate (sum) pairs of values in a time series. Let's show it on real data:

library(TSrepr) library(ggplot2) data_ts <- as.numeric(elec_load[1,]) length(data_ts) data_ts_sums <- repr_paa(data_ts, q = 2, func = sum) length(data_ts_sums) ggplot(data.frame(Time = 1:length(data_ts_sums), Value = data_ts_sums), aes(Time, Value)) + geom_line() + theme_bw()

We can also extract some advanced useful features from a time series like skewness or kurtosis (implemented in package `moments`

). Let's extract skewness from every day of the time series (frequency is 48).

library(moments) data_ts_skew <- repr_paa(data_ts, q = 48, func = skewness) ggplot(data.frame(Time = 1:length(data_ts_skew), Value = data_ts_skew), aes(Time, Value)) + geom_line() + theme_bw()

The second scenario is extracting multiple values (features) from a subsequence of time series. Here, we can use **windowing** method that is implemented by `repr_windowing`

function. There is just one simple restriction for a custom representation method function and that it must return a vector.
Let's create function (`repr_fea_extract`

) that will extract some basic features from a time series.

repr_fea_extract <- function(x) { return(c(mean(x), median(x), max(x), min(x), sd(x))) }

And use it with windowing function on our data.

data_fea <- repr_windowing(data_ts, win_size = 48, func = repr_fea_extract) ggplot(data.frame(Time = 1:length(data_fea), Value = data_fea), aes(Time, Value)) + geom_line() + theme_bw()

I will show you now, how to apply it on whole dataset (by function `repr_matrix`

), **cluster** final representations and then how to interpret results. Before applying clustering on electricity consumption data, normalisation is needed. We can use classical z-score (`norm_z`

) or min-max (`norm_min_max`

) normalisation methods for every consumers time series. However, there is a possibility to use directly, in function `repr_matrix`

, arbitrary defined normalisation function. For instance, let's use a simple self-defined max normalisation.

norm_max <- function(x) { return(x/max(x)) }

data_mat <- repr_matrix(elec_load, func = repr_fea_extract, windowing = T, win_size = 48, normalise = T, func_norm = norm_max) set.seed(123) clus_res <- kmeans(data_mat, centers = 5, nstart = 10)

Let's plot the final clusters with corresponding centroids (red line).

library(data.table) # prepare data for plotting data_plot <- data.table(melt(data.table(class = as.factor(clus_res$cluster), data_mat))) data_plot[, Time := rep(1:ncol(data_mat), each = nrow(data_mat))] data_plot[, ID := rep(1:nrow(data_mat), ncol(data_mat))] # prepare centroids centers <- data.table(melt(clus_res$centers)) setnames(centers, c("Var1", "Var2"), c("class", "Time")) centers[, ID := class] # plot the results ggplot(data_plot, aes(Time, value, group = ID)) + facet_wrap(~class, ncol = 2, scales = "free_y") + geom_line(color = "grey10", alpha = 0.65) + geom_line(data = centers, aes(Time, value), color = "firebrick1", alpha = 0.80, size = 1.2) + labs(x = "Time", y = "Load (normalised)") + theme_bw()

Let's see also frequency table of occurrence in clusters.

table(clus_res$cluster)

There are three dominant clusters (n. 1, 2 and 3). Time series in clusters n. 4 and 5 are irregular against other time series, so they were assigned to own clusters.

In this vignette, I showed you how simple it is to use arbitrary functions for feature extraction from time series in order to create your own time series representations alongside implemented methods in the package **TSrepr**.

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