Programmatically finding "significant" data points

erikcw erikwickstrom at gmail.com
Tue Nov 14 15:05:01 CET 2006


Hi all,

I have a collection of ordered numerical data in a list.  The numbers
when plotted on a line chart make a low-high-low-high-high-low (random)
pattern.  I need an algorithm to extract the "significant" high and low
points from this data.

Here is some sample data:
data = [0.10, 0.50, 0.60, 0.40, 0.39, 0.50, 1.00, 0.80, 0.60, 1.20,
1.10, 1.30, 1.40, 1.50, 1.05, 1.20, 0.90, 0.70, 0.80, 0.40, 0.45, 0.35,
0.10]

In this data, some of the significant points include:
data[0]
data[2]
data[4]
data[6]
data[8]
data[9]
data[13]
data[14]
....

How do I sort through this data and pull out these points of
significance?

Thanks for your help!

Erik




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