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IsolationForest in Scikit-learn

An example using IsolationForest for anomaly detection.

The IsolationForest ‘isolates’ observations by randomly selecting a feature and then randomly selecting a split value between the maximum and minimum values of the selected feature.

Since recursive partitioning can be represented by a tree structure, the number of splittings required to isolate a sample is equivalent to the path length from the root node to the terminating node.

This path length, averaged over a forest of such random trees, is a measure of normality and our decision function. Random partitioning produces noticeable shorter paths for anomalies. Hence, when a forest of random trees collectively produce shorter path lengths for particular samples, they are highly likely to be anomalies.

[1] Liu, Fei Tony, Ting, Kai Ming and Zhou, Zhi-Hua. “Isolation forest.” Data Mining, 2008. ICDM‘08. Eighth IEEE International Conference on.

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In [1]:
import sklearn


This tutorial imports IsolationForest.

In [2]:

import plotly.plotly as py
import plotly.graph_objs as go

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sklearn.ensemble import IsolationForest
Automatically created module for IPython interactive environment


In [3]:
rng = np.random.RandomState(42)

# Generate train data
X = 0.3 * rng.randn(100, 2)
X_train = np.r_[X + 2, X - 2]
# Generate some regular novel observations
X = 0.3 * rng.randn(20, 2)
X_test = np.r_[X + 2, X - 2]
# Generate some abnormal novel observations
X_outliers = rng.uniform(low=-4, high=4, size=(20, 2))

# fit the model
clf = IsolationForest(max_samples=100, random_state=rng)
y_pred_train = clf.predict(X_train)
y_pred_test = clf.predict(X_test)
y_pred_outliers = clf.predict(X_outliers)

# plot the line, the samples, and the nearest vectors to the plane
xx = yy = np.linspace(-5, 5, 50)
Z = clf.decision_function(np.c_[xx.ravel(), yy.ravel()])
Z = Z.reshape(xx.shape)

Plot Results

In [4]:
def matplotlib_to_plotly(cmap, pl_entries):
    h = 1.0/(pl_entries-1)
    pl_colorscale = []
    for k in range(pl_entries):
        C = map(np.uint8, np.array(cmap(k*h)[:3])*255)
        pl_colorscale.append([k*h, 'rgb'+str((C[0], C[1], C[2]))])
    return pl_colorscale
In [5]:
back = go.Contour(x=xx, 
                  colorscale=matplotlib_to_plotly(, len(Z)),

b1 = go.Scatter(x=X_train[:, 0],
                y=X_train[:, 1],
                name="training observations",
                marker=dict(color='white', size=7,
                            line=dict(color='black', width=1))
b2 = go.Scatter(x=X_test[:, 0], 
                y=X_test[:, 1], 
                name="new regular observations",
                marker=dict(color='green', size=6,
                            line=dict(color='black', width=1))
c = go.Scatter(x=X_outliers[:, 0], 
               y=X_outliers[:, 1],
               name="new abnormal observations",
               marker=dict(color='red', size=6,
                           line=dict(color='black', width=1))

layout = go.Layout(title="IsolationForest",
data = [back, b1, b2, c]

fig = go.Figure(data=data, layout=layout)
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