Feature extraction and resident number prediction method using power consumption data

Masahiro Yoshida, Tomoya Imanishi, Hiroaki Nishi

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A large amount of power consumption information generated from private houses is being aggregated nowadays, particularly by the spread of smart electric meters. Applications that utilize these data are widely studied, and several services have been proposed. In order to utilize the power demand information effectively, an appropriate feature extraction and selection method is necessary. In this paper, a feature extraction method for power consumption information is proposed. Extracted features are used to predict the “number of household members (number of residents)” using typical machine learning algorithms, namely, Support Vector Machine (SVM), k-Nearest Neighborhood (k-NN), and Random Forest (RF). The number of residents represents significant information for the marketing departments of several industries such as real estate and construction industries. The proposed feature extraction method consists of two steps: feature variable generation and feature variable selection. In the feature variable generation step, we have used both fundamental statics and an ARMA model to generate 33 feature variables. In the feature variable selection step, the extracted feature variables are first ranked by applying Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). An appropriate feature variable set is selected by assessing several combinations of the 33 features, based on proposed extended algorithm of Recursive Feature Elimination (RFE). Our overall feature extraction method is evaluated based on the prediction accuracy using extracted feature variables. Compared with the accuracy using feature variables extracted by conventional methods, the accuracy is improved by 6.78%, 4.98%, and 8.11% for k-NN, SVM, and RF, respectively, and we have successfully proven validity of our proposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-236
Number of pages10
JournalIEEJ Transactions on Electronics, Information and Systems
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • ARMA model
  • Analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  • Feature extraction
  • Feature selection
  • Machine learning
  • Smart electric meter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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