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Missing Data Imputation on IoT Sensor Networks: Implications for on-site Sensor Calibration

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posted on 2021-07-17, 04:02 authored by Nwamaka OkaforNwamaka Okafor, Declan Delaney
IoT sensors are becoming increasingly important supplement to traditional monitoring systems, particularly for in-situ based monitoring. Data collected using IoT sensors are often plagued with missing values occurring as a result of sensor faults, network failures, drifts and other operational issues. Missing data can have substantial impact on in-field sensor calibration methods. The goal of this research is to achieve effective calibration of sensors in the context of such missing data. To this end, two objectives are presented in this paper. 1) Identify and examine effective imputation strategy for missing data in IoT sensors. 2) Determine sensor calibration performance using calibration techniques on data set with imputed values. Specifically, this paper examines the performance of Variational Autoencoder (VAE), Neural Network with Random Weights (NNRW), Multiple Imputation by Chain Equations (MICE), Random forest based imputation (missForest) and K-Nearest Neighbour (KNN) for imputation of missing values on IoT sensors. Furthermore, the performance of sensor calibration via different supervised algorithms trained on the imputed dataset were evaluated. The analysis showed that VAE technique outperforms the others in imputing the missing values at different proportions of missingness on two real-world datasets. Experimental results also showed improved calibration performance with imputed dataset.


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