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Relation chain based clustering analysis
Author(s): Cheng-ning Zhang; Ming-yang Zhao; Hai-bo Luo
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Paper Abstract

Clustering analysis is currently one of well-developed branches in data mining technology which is supposed to find the hidden structures in the multidimensional space called feature or pattern space. A datum in the space usually possesses a vector form and the elements in the vector represent several specifically selected features. These features are often of efficiency to the problem oriented. Generally, clustering analysis goes into two divisions: one is based on the agglomerative clustering method, and the other one is based on divisive clustering method. The former refers to a bottom-up process which regards each datum as a singleton cluster while the latter refers to a top-down process which regards entire data as a cluster. As the collected literatures, it is noted that the divisive clustering is currently overwhelming both in application and research. Although some famous divisive clustering methods are designed and well developed, clustering problems are still far from being solved. The k - means algorithm is the original divisive clustering method which initially assigns some important index values, such as the clustering number and the initial clustering prototype positions, and that could not be reasonable in some certain occasions. More than the initial problem, the k - means algorithm may also falls into local optimum, clusters in a rigid way and is not available for non-Gaussian distribution. One can see that seeking for a good or natural clustering result, in fact, originates from the one's understanding of the concept of clustering. Thus, the confusion or misunderstanding of the definition of clustering always derives some unsatisfied clustering results. One should consider the definition deeply and seriously. This paper demonstrates the nature of clustering, gives the way of understanding clustering, discusses the methodology of designing a clustering algorithm, and proposes a new clustering method based on relation chains among 2D patterns. In this paper, a new method called relation chain based clustering is presented. The given method demonstrates that arbitrary distribution shape and density are not the essential factors for clustering research, in another words, clusters described by some particular expressions should be considered as a uniform mathematical description which is called "relation chain" emphasized in this paper. The relation chain indicates the relation between each pair of the spatial points and gives the evaluation of the connection between the pair-wise points. This relation chain based clustering algorithm initially assigns the neighborhood evaluation radius of the points, then assesses the clustering result based on inner-cluster variance of each cluster while increasing the radius, adjusting the radius properly and finally gives the clustering result. Some experiments are conducted using the proposed method and the hidden data structure is well explored.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8196, International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Space Exploration Technologies and Applications, 81960G (15 August 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.899499
Show Author Affiliations
Cheng-ning Zhang, Shenyang Institute of Automation (China)
Graduate School of the CAS (China)
Ming-yang Zhao, Shenyang Institute of Automation (China)
Hai-bo Luo, Shenyang Institute of Automation (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8196:
International Symposium on Photoelectronic Detection and Imaging 2011: Space Exploration Technologies and Applications
John C. Zarnecki; Carl A. Nardell; Rong Shu; Jianfeng Yang; Yunhua Zhang, Editor(s)

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