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General Info

EventDetectR is an R-package for simulating, detecting and classifiying events in time-series data. It aims to combine multiple well-known R-packages like the forecast, neuralnet package to deliver an easily configurable tool for event detection.

Current Project Status

Project Status: WIP – Initial development is in progress, but there has not yet been a stable, usable release suitable for the public. Build Status AppVeyor Build Status codecov


The package can be installed directly from github:


The package is available on CRAN and can be installed:



The main function of the EventDetectR package is:

detectEvents <- function(x,
                         windowSize = 100,
                         nIterationsRefit = 1,
                         verbosityLevel = 0,
                         dataPrepators = "ImputeTSInterpolation",
                         dataPreparationControl = list(),
                         buildModelAlgo = "ForecastETS",
                         buildModelControl = list(),
                         postProcessors = "bedAlgo",
                         postProcessorControl = list(),
                         ignoreVarianceWarning = TRUE)

‘detectEvents’ is used to detect events in a multi-dimensional time-series object / data.frame. This is done in a three steps approach:

dataPrepators = c("ImputeTSInterpolation")

Additional parameters for the function can be passed via named variables in the control lists:

dataPreparationControl = list("option" = "spline", "useNormalization" = FALSE)

All configurable package-functions can be shown via the supportedMethodFunctions:


Default configurations and control lists can be found via:


The event classification itself is shown in the graph below.

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At each classification iteration, a window of ‘windowSize’ datapoints (shown in blue) is first prepared with the specified data preparators. Next, a model is fitted and used to predict the next ‘nIterationsRefit’ data into the future. The real data (shown in red) is compared to the prediction in order to calculate residuals. These residuals together with the specified classification threshholds is used to decide which data is considered as event and which is considered background. After the classification, the window is moved by ‘nIterationsRefit’ rows in the data.frame and the procedure is repeated until the end of the data.frame / time-series is reached, and thus all elements are classified.

Event Simulator

The newest version of the package includes the function simulateEvents. This function introduces simulated events into the time series/data.frame. At the moment 4 different types of events are included: Sinusoidal, Ramp, Slowsinusoidal and Square. The strenght and the duration of the event can be controlled on the function call.

The usage of the function can be illustrated using the data set stationBData, already included on the package. An inconsistency following a sinusoidal pattern can be introduced on the B_PH_VAL in a given index range.

                         Event_type = c("sinusoidal", "ramp"),
                         Event_strength = c(1,1),
                         Start_index = 2500,
                         Event_duration = NULL,
                         Percentage = NULL)

Since it was not specified on the function call the event duration defaults to 100 data points (from data index 2500 to 2600). The vizualitation of the changes introduced to B_PH_VAL are showed in red on the graph below.

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Graphical User Interface

A graphical user interface (GUI) for the EventDetectR package is also available. Check out the most recent status at: EventDetectGUI

Parts of this work were supported by the ‘‘Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen’’ (FKZ: 005-1703-0011).