I've been reading the paper https://arxiv.org/pdf/1906.03821.pdf for spectral residual outlier detection, but I don't quite understand it. Specifically, in the implementation there are three variables that determine how to algorithm will find outliers:

# less than period

# (maybe) as same as period

# a number enough larger than period

Also, the only documentation that I could find on the algorithm was this.

Can anybody familiar with the paper, or with time series, explain how the algorithm works, and how these 3 variables determine how outliers are detected?


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Can I make a slightly more general observation?

Look at the datasets they test on, and read [a].

There is no read evidence that this idea works, so why bother to implement it?

[a] Current Time Series Anomaly Detection Benchmarks are Flawed and are Creating the Illusion of Progress https://arxiv.org/abs/2009.13807

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