Fraud detection in energy consumption: a supervised approach
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PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
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Data from utility meters (gas, electricity, water) is a rich source of information for distribution companies, beyond billing. In this paper we present a supervised technique, which primarily but not only feeds on meter information, to detect meter anomalies and customer fraudulent behavior (meter tampering). Our system detects anomalous meter readings on the basis of models built using machine learning techniques on past data. Unlike most previous work, it can incrementally incorporate the result of field checks to grow the database of fraud and non-fraud patterns, therefore increasing model precision over time and potentially adapting to emerging fraud patterns. The full system has been developed with a company providing electricity and gas and already used to carry out several field checks, with large improvements in fraud detection over the previous checks which used simpler techniques.
CitationComa-Puig, B., Carmona, J., Gavaldà, R., Alcoverro, S., Martín, V. Fraud detection in energy consumption: a supervised approach. A: IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics. "3rd IEEE International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, DSAA 2016: 17-19 October 2016, Montreal, PQ, Canada: proceedings". Montréal: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2016, p. 120-129.
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