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Title: Cluster Analysis


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Cluster Analysis
  • Dr. Bernard Chen Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Computer Science
  • University of Central Arkansas
  • Fall 2009

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What is Cluster Analysis?
  • Cluster a collection of data objects
  • Similar to one another within the same cluster
  • Dissimilar to the objects in other clusters
  • Cluster analysis
  • Finding similarities between data according to
    the characteristics found in the data and
    grouping similar data objects into clusters

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What is Cluster Analysis?
  • Clustering analysis is an important human
    activity
  • Early in childhood, we learn how to distinguish
    between cats and dogs
  • Unsupervised learning no predefined classes
  • Typical applications
  • As a stand-alone tool to get insight into data
    distribution
  • As a preprocessing step for other algorithms

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Clustering Rich Applications and
Multidisciplinary Efforts
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Spatial Data Analysis
  • Create thematic maps in GIS by clustering feature
    spaces
  • Detect spatial clusters or for other spatial
    mining tasks
  • Image Processing
  • Economic Science (especially market research)
  • WWW
  • Document classification
  • Cluster Weblog data to discover groups of similar
    access patterns

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Quality What Is Good Clustering?
  • A good clustering method will produce high
    quality clusters with
  • high intra-class similarity
  • low inter-class similarity
  • The quality of a clustering method is also
    measured by its ability to discover some or all
    of the hidden patterns

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Similarity and Dissimilarity Between Objects
  • Distances are normally used to measure the
    similarity or dissimilarity between two data
    objects
  • Some popular ones include Minkowski distance
  • where i (xi1, xi2, , xip) and j (xj1, xj2,
    , xjp) are two p-dimensional data objects, and q
    is a positive integer
  • If q 1, d is Manhattan distance

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Similarity and Dissimilarity Between Objects
(Cont.)
  • If q 2, d is Euclidean distance
  • Also, one can use weighted distance, parametric
    Pearson correlation, or other disimilarity
    measures

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Major Clustering Approaches
  • Partitioning approach
  • Construct various partitions and then evaluate
    them by some criterion, e.g., minimizing the sum
    of square errors
  • Typical methods k-means, k-medoids, CLARANS
  • Hierarchical approach
  • Create a hierarchical decomposition of the set of
    data (or objects) using some criterion
  • Typical methods Hierarchical, Diana, Agnes,
    BIRCH, ROCK, CAMELEON
  • Density-based approach
  • Based on connectivity and density functions
  • Typical methods DBSACN, OPTICS, DenClue

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Major Clustering Approaches
  • Grid-based approach
  • based on a multiple-level granularity structure
  • Typical methods STING, WaveCluster, CLIQUE
  • Model-based
  • A model is hypothesized for each of the clusters
    and tries to find the best fit of that model to
    each other
  • Typical methods EM, SOM, COBWEB
  • Frequent pattern-based
  • Based on the analysis of frequent patterns
  • Typical methods pCluster
  • User-guided or constraint-based
  • Clustering by considering user-specified or
    application-specific constraints
  • Typical methods COD (obstacles), constrained
    clustering

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Typical Alternatives to Calculate the Distance
between Clusters
  • Single link smallest distance between an
    element in one cluster and an element in the
    other, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) min(tip, tjq)
  • Complete link largest distance between an
    element in one cluster and an element in the
    other, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) max(tip, tjq)
  • Average avg distance between an element in one
    cluster and an element in the other, i.e.,
    dis(Ki, Kj) avg(tip, tjq)

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Typical Alternatives to Calculate the Distance
between Clusters
  • Centroid distance between the centroids of two
    clusters, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) dis(Ci, Cj)
  • Centroid the middle of a cluster
  • Medoid distance between the medoids of two
    clusters, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) dis(Mi, Mj)
  • Medoid one chosen, centrally located object in
    the cluster

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Clustering Approaches
  1. Partitioning Methods
  2. Hierarchical Methods
  3. Density-Based Methods

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Partitioning Algorithms Basic Concept
  • Partitioning method Construct a partition of a
    database D of n objects into a set of k clusters,
    s.t., min sum of squared distance

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Partitioning Algorithms Basic Concept
  • Given a k, find a partition of k clusters that
    optimizes the chosen partitioning criterion
  • Global optimal exhaustively enumerate all
    partitions
  • Heuristic methods k-means and k-medoids
    algorithms
  • k-means (MacQueen67) Each cluster is
    represented by the center of the cluster
  • k-medoids or PAM (Partition around medoids)
    (Kaufman Rousseeuw87) Each cluster is
    represented by one of the objects in the cluster

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The K-Means Clustering Method
  • Given k, the k-means algorithm is implemented in
    four steps
  • Partition objects into k nonempty subsets
  • Compute seed points as the centroids of the
    clusters of the current partition (the centroid
    is the center, i.e., mean point, of the cluster)
  • Assign each object to the cluster with the
    nearest seed point
  • Go back to Step 2, stop when no more new
    assignment

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K-means Clustering
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K-means Clustering
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K-means Clustering
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K-means Clustering
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K-means Clustering
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The K-Means Clustering Method

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Update the cluster means
Assign each objects to most similar center
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reassign
reassign
K2 Arbitrarily choose K object as initial
cluster center
Update the cluster means
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Typical Alternatives to Calculate the Distance
between Clusters
  • Single link smallest distance between an
    element in one cluster and an element in the
    other, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) min(tip, tjq)
  • Complete link largest distance between an
    element in one cluster and an element in the
    other, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) max(tip, tjq)
  • Average avg distance between an element in one
    cluster and an element in the other, i.e.,
    dis(Ki, Kj) avg(tip, tjq)

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Typical Alternatives to Calculate the Distance
between Clusters
  • Centroid distance between the centroids of two
    clusters, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) dis(Ci, Cj)
  • Centroid the middle of a cluster
  • Medoid distance between the medoids of two
    clusters, i.e., dis(Ki, Kj) dis(Mi, Mj)
  • Medoid one chosen, centrally located object in
    the cluster

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Comments on the K-Means Method
  • Strength Relatively efficient O(tkn), where n
    is objects, k is clusters, and t is
    iterations. Normally, k, t ltlt n.
  • Weakness
  • Applicable only when mean is defined, then what
    about categorical data?
  • Need to specify k, the number of clusters, in
    advance
  • Unable to handle noisy data and outliers
  • Not suitable to discover clusters with non-convex
    shapes

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What Is the Problem of the K-Means Method?
  • The k-means algorithm is sensitive to outliers !
  • Since an object with an extremely large value may
    substantially distort the distribution of the
    data.
  • K-Medoids Instead of taking the mean value of
    the object in a cluster as a reference point,
    medoids can be used, which is the most centrally
    located object in a cluster.

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Clustering Approaches
  1. Partitioning Methods
  2. Hierarchical Methods
  3. Density-Based Methods

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Hierarchical Clustering
  • Use distance matrix as clustering criteria. This
    method does not require the number of clusters k
    as an input, but needs a termination condition

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AGNES (Agglomerative Nesting)
  • Introduced in Kaufmann and Rousseeuw (1990)
  • Implemented in statistical analysis packages,
    e.g., Splus
  • Use the Single-Link method and the dissimilarity
    matrix.
  • Merge nodes that have the least dissimilarity
  • Go on in a non-descending fashion
  • Eventually all nodes belong to the same cluster

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Dendrogram Shows How the Clusters are Merged
Decompose data objects into a several levels of
nested partitioning (tree of clusters), called a
dendrogram. A clustering of the data objects is
obtained by cutting the dendrogram at the desired
level, then each connected component forms a
cluster.
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Recent Hierarchical Clustering Methods
  • Major weakness of agglomerative clustering
    methods
  • do not scale well time complexity of at least
    O(n2), where n is the number of total objects
  • can never undo what was done previously

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Recent Hierarchical Clustering Methods
  • Integration of hierarchical with distance-based
    clustering
  • BIRCH (1996) uses CF-tree and incrementally
    adjusts the quality of sub-clusters
  • ROCK (1999) clustering categorical data by
    neighbor and link analysis
  • CHAMELEON (1999) hierarchical clustering using
    dynamic modeling
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