Hubness-Aware Outlier Detection for Music Genre Recognition

Arthur Flexer
DAFx-2016 - Brno
Outlier detection is the task of automatic identification of unknown data not covered by training data (e.g. a new genre in genre recognition). We explore outlier detection in the presence of hubs and anti-hubs, i.e. data objects which appear to be either very close or very far from most other data due to a problem of measuring distances in high dimensions. We compare a classic distance based method to two new approaches, which have been designed to counter the negative effects of hubness, on two standard music genre data sets. We demonstrate that anti-hubs are responsible for many detection errors and that this can be improved by using a hubness-aware approach.