tslabeler - 2020 Shiny Contest Submission


Authors: Rahul Sangole
Working with Shiny < 1 year

Abstract: Labeling time series data is a typical preprocessing step for developing time series forecasting, classification or anomaly detection models. This Shiny app allows you to label very large quantities of time series data interactively, yet quickly.

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Visually inspecting a large set of time series data and then labeling outliers, anomalies, trend changes, level shifts is a painstakingly time-consuming process. Yet, this is such a crucial step to all real-world time-series forecasting modeling work. Also, for real-world anomaly detection problems, one of the biggest - and most common - challenge is having unlabeled datasets. Visual inspection can often quickly highlight anomalies, but again, creating labels via code is painful and slow.

My tslabeler package hopes to solve this problem - it offers an interactive way to select and tag points. Plots are snappy since I've stuck to using base::plot. It's easy to brush points in both a box mode or y-axis mode and quickly switch between the two modes - just double click. I've offered some pre-programmed tags commonly used in these analyses, but you can create your own tags as well.

In my next release, I'll add support for the tsibble object as well.


  • All internal data operations are done using data.table which keeps manipulations extremely speedy
  • Interactive plotting done using base::plot and shiny, again, to keep things responsive
  • Inputs can be a data.table|frame or CSV with a date/date-time column, atleast one value column, and an optional grouping variable. Tsibble planned for the next version.
  • Ready-to-use tags with the option of creating your own tags
  • Quick interactivity to peek into the data using the zoomed time-series view and table
  • Points can be selected using a box brush or a y-brush… just double-click

Category: Other
Keywords: labeling-tool, anomaly, labeler, time-series-tool
Shiny app: https://rsangole.shinyapps.io/tslabeler/
Repo: https://github.com/rsangole/tslabeler
RStudio Cloud: Posit Cloud


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