Bayesian Root Cause Analysis by Separable Likelihoods

  • Maciej SkorskiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11376)


Root Cause Analysis for anomalies is challenging because of the trade-off between the accuracy and its explanatory friendliness, required for industrial applications. In this paper we propose a framework for simple and friendly RCA within the Bayesian regime under certain restrictions (namely that Hessian at the mode is diagonal, in this work referred to as separability) imposed on the predictive posterior. Within this framework anomalies can be decomposed into independent dimensions which greatly simplifies readability and interpretability.

We show that the separability assumption is satisfied for important base models, including Multinomial, Dirichlet-Multinomial and Naive Bayes. To demonstrate the usefulness of the framework, we embed it into the Bayesian Net and validate on web server error logs (real world data set).


Bayesian modeling Anomaly detection Root Cause Analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DELLKlosterneuburgAustria

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