Application of multivariate outlier detection to fluid velocity measurements

TitleApplication of multivariate outlier detection to fluid velocity measurements
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGriffin, J., T. Schultz, R. Holman, L. Ukeiley, and L. Cattafesta
JournalExperiments in Fluids
Start Page305
Date Published07/2010

A statistical-based approach to detect outliers in fluid-based velocity measurements is proposed. Outliers are effectively detected from experimental unimodal distributions with the application of an existing multivariate outlier detection algorithm for asymmetric distributions (Hubert and Van der Veeken, J Chemom 22:235–246, 2008). This approach is an extension of previous methods that only apply to symmetric distributions. For fluid velocity measurements, rejection of statistical outliers, meaning erroneous as well as low probability data, via multivariate outlier rejection is compared to a traditional method based on univariate statistics. For particle image velocimetry data, both tests are conducted after application of the current de facto standard spatial filter, the universal outlier detection test (Westerweel and Scarano, Exp Fluids 39:1096–1100, 2005). By doing so, the utility of statistical outlier detection in addition to spatial filters is demonstrated, and further, the differences between multivariate and univariate outlier detection are discussed. Since the proposed technique for outlier detection is an independent process, statistical outlier detection is complementary to spatial outlier detection and can be used as an additional validation tool.