Change-point detection in hierarchical circadian models Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2021

start page

  • 107820


  • 113

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-3203

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-5142


  • This paper addresses the problem of change-point detection in sequences of high-dimensional and het- erogeneous observations, which also possess a periodic temporal structure. Due to the dimensionality problem, when the time between change points is of the order of the dimension of the model parame- ters, drifts in the underlying distribution can be misidentified as changes. To overcome this limitation, we assume that the observations lie in a lower-dimensional manifold that admits a latent variable represen- tation. In particular, we propose a hierarchical model that is computationally feasible, widely applicable to heterogeneous data and robust to missing instances. Additionally, the observations" periodic dependen- cies are captured by non-stationary periodic covariance functions. The proposed technique is particularly well suited to (and motivated by) the problem of detecting changes in human behavior using smart- phones and its application to relapse detection in psychiatric patients. Finally, we validate the technique on synthetic examples and we demonstrate its utility in the detection of behavioral changes using real data acquired by smartphones.


  • Telecommunications


  • change-point detection; circadian models; heterogeneous data; latent variable models; non-stationary periodic covariance functions