Continuous decaying of telco big data with data postdiction

Constantinos Costa, Andreas Konstantinidis, Andreas Charalampous, Demetrios Zeinalipour-Yazti, Mohamed F. Mokbel

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In this paper, we present two novel decaying operators for Telco Big Data (TBD), coined TBD-DP and CTBD-DP that are founded on the notion of Data Postdiction. Unlike data prediction, which aims to make a statement about the future value of some tuple, our formulated data postdiction term, aims to make a statement about the past value of some tuple, which does not exist anymore as it had to be deleted to free up disk space. TBD-DP relies on existing Machine Learning (ML) algorithms to abstract TBD into compact models that can be stored and queried when necessary. Our proposed TBD-DP operator has the following two conceptual phases: (i) in an offline phase, it utilizes a LSTM-based hierarchical ML algorithm to learn a tree of models (coined TBD-DP tree) over time and space; (ii) in an online phase, it uses the TBD-DP tree to recover data within a certain accuracy. Additionally, we provide three decaying focus methods that can be plugged into the operators we propose, namely: (i) FIFO-amnesia, which is based on the time that the tuple was created; (ii) SPATIAL-amnesia, which is based on the cellular tower’s location related with the tuple; and (iii) UNIFORM-amnesia, which picks randomly the tuples to be decayed. Similarly, CTBD-DP enables the decaying of streaming data utilizing the TBD-DP tree to extend and update the stored models. In our experimental setup, we measure the efficiency of the proposed operator using a ∼10GB anonymized real telco network trace. Our experimental results in Tensorflow over HDFS are extremely encouraging as they show that TBD-DP saves an order of magnitude storage space while maintaining a high accuracy on the recovered data. Our experiments also show that CTBD-DP improves the accuracy over streaming data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-557
Number of pages25
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • Data decaying
  • Data reduction
  • Machine learning
  • Spatio-temporal analytics
  • Telco big data


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