Detecting Log Anomalies with Multi-Head Attention (LAMA)

7 Jan 2021  ·  Yicheng Guo, Yujin Wen, Congwei Jiang, Yixin Lian, Yi Wan ·

Anomaly detection is a crucial and challenging subject that has been studied within diverse research areas. In this work, we explore the task of log anomaly detection (especially computer system logs and user behavior logs) by analyzing logs' sequential information. We propose LAMA, a multi-head attention based sequential model to process log streams as template activity (event) sequences. A next event prediction task is applied to train the model for anomaly detection. Extensive empirical studies demonstrate that our new model outperforms existing log anomaly detection methods including statistical and deep learning methodologies, which validate the effectiveness of our proposed method in learning sequence patterns of log data.

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