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Discriminant analysis classification of residential electricity smart meter data

Adam Neale, Michaël Kummert and Michel Bernier

Article (2022)

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Cite this document: Neale, A., Kummert, M. & Bernier, M. (2022). Discriminant analysis classification of residential electricity smart meter data. Energy & Buildings, 258. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111823
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The objective of this study is to apply machine learning classification to predict building characteristics from electricity smart meter data for the purpose of building stock characterization. Given that there are no publicly available large-scale residential electric smart meter data sets with detailed building characteristics, an open-source virtual smart meter (VSM) data set is used. The VSM data consists of electricity consumption profiles for 200,000 homes with 21 known characteristics, which are used to train predictive models with linear discriminant analysis (LDA). The classification accuracy (CA) is determined for a variety of scenarios where the meter data aggregation and period are varied. The CA depends on the parameter to be classified (the class), the number of data points per building (the features) and the number of buildings used for classification. Reliable classification results are obtained when the number of buildings exceeds the number of features by a significant margin. An application of the developed predictive models to a small data set of 30 real houses illustrates the usefulness of the method but also the challenges in achieving a generalized model with virtual data.

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Residential, Smart meter data, Supervised machine learning, Linear discriminant analysis, Building stock characterization, Classification studies

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Subjects: 2100 Génie mécanique > 2100 Génie mécanique
2100 Génie mécanique > 2107 Modélisation, simulation et méthodes des éléments finis
2500 Génie électrique et électronique > 2501 Réseaux électriques
2500 Génie électrique et électronique > 2518 Instrumentation et mesures
Department: Département de génie mécanique
Research Center: ICIRD - Institut canadien international pour les ressources et le développement
Funders: IVADO Fundamental Research Grant
Date Deposited: 20 May 2022 11:57
Last Modified: 21 May 2022 01:20
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/10339/
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Journal Title: Energy & Buildings (vol. 258)
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2021.111823


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