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An Efficient kMeans Clustering Algorithm: Analysis and Implementation
, 2000
"... Kmeans clustering is a very popular clustering technique, which is used in numerous applications. Given a set of n data points in R d and an integer k, the problem is to determine a set of k points R d , called centers, so as to minimize the mean squared distance from each data point to its ..."
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Kmeans clustering is a very popular clustering technique, which is used in numerous applications. Given a set of n data points in R d and an integer k, the problem is to determine a set of k points R d , called centers, so as to minimize the mean squared distance from each data point to its nearest center. A popular heuristic for kmeans clustering is Lloyd's algorithm. In this paper we present a simple and efficient implementation of Lloyd's kmeans clustering algorithm, which we call the filtering algorithm. This algorithm is very easy to implement. It differs from most other approaches in that it precomputes a kdtree data structure for the data points rather than the center points. We establish the practical efficiency of the filtering algorithm in two ways. First, we present a datasensitive analysis of the algorithm's running time. Second, we have implemented the algorithm and performed a number of empirical studies, both on synthetically generated data and on real...
Cluster Analysis for Gene Expression Data: A Survey
 IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering
, 2004
"... Abstract—DNA microarray technology has now made it possible to simultaneously monitor the expression levels of thousands of genes during important biological processes and across collections of related samples. Elucidating the patterns hidden in gene expression data offers a tremendous opportunity f ..."
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Abstract—DNA microarray technology has now made it possible to simultaneously monitor the expression levels of thousands of genes during important biological processes and across collections of related samples. Elucidating the patterns hidden in gene expression data offers a tremendous opportunity for an enhanced understanding of functional genomics. However, the large number of genes and the complexity of biological networks greatly increases the challenges of comprehending and interpreting the resulting mass of data, which often consists of millions of measurements. A first step toward addressing this challenge is the use of clustering techniques, which is essential in the data mining process to reveal natural structures and identify interesting patterns in the underlying data. Cluster analysis seeks to partition a given data set into groups based on specified features so that the data points within a group are more similar to each other than the points in different groups. A very rich literature on cluster analysis has developed over the past three decades. Many conventional clustering algorithms have been adapted or directly applied to gene expression data, and also new algorithms have recently been proposed specifically aiming at gene expression data. These clustering algorithms have been proven useful for identifying biologically relevant groups of genes and samples. In this paper, we first briefly introduce the concepts of microarray technology and discuss the basic elements of clustering on gene expression data. In particular, we divide cluster analysis for gene expression data into three categories. Then, we present specific challenges pertinent to each clustering category and introduce several representative approaches. We also discuss the problem of cluster validation in three aspects and review various methods to assess the quality and reliability of clustering results. Finally, we conclude this paper and suggest the promising trends in this field. Index Terms—Microarray technology, gene expression data, clustering.
Simultaneous feature selection and clustering using mixture models
 IEEE TRANS. PATTERN ANAL. MACH. INTELL
, 2004
"... Clustering is a common unsupervised learning technique used to discover group structure in a set of data. While there exist many algorithms for clustering, the important issue of feature selection, that is, what attributes of the data should be used by the clustering algorithms, is rarely touched u ..."
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Clustering is a common unsupervised learning technique used to discover group structure in a set of data. While there exist many algorithms for clustering, the important issue of feature selection, that is, what attributes of the data should be used by the clustering algorithms, is rarely touched upon. Feature selection for clustering is difficult because, unlike in supervised learning, there are no class labels for the data and, thus, no obvious criteria to guide the search. Another important problem in clustering is the determination of the number of clusters, which clearly impacts and is influenced by the feature selection issue. In this paper, we propose the concept of feature saliency and introduce an expectationmaximization (EM) algorithm to estimate it, in the context of mixturebased clustering. Due to the introduction of a minimum message length model selection criterion, the saliency of irrelevant features is driven toward zero, which corresponds to performing feature selection. The criterion and algorithm are then extended to simultaneously estimate the feature saliencies and the number of clusters.
You Are Who You Know: Inferring User Profiles in Online Social Networks
"... Online social networks are now a popular way for users to connect, express themselves, and share content. Users in today’s online social networks often post a profile, consisting of attributes like geographic location, interests, and schools attended. Such profile information is used on the sites as ..."
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Online social networks are now a popular way for users to connect, express themselves, and share content. Users in today’s online social networks often post a profile, consisting of attributes like geographic location, interests, and schools attended. Such profile information is used on the sites as a basis for grouping users, for sharing content, and for suggesting users who may benefit from interaction. However, in practice, not all users provide these attributes. In this paper, we ask the question: given attributes for some fraction of the users in an online social network, can we infer the attributes of the remaining users? In other words, can the attributes of users, in combination with the social network graph, be used to predict the attributes of another user in the network? To answer this question, we gather finegrained data from two social networks and try to infer user profile attributes. We find that users with common attributes are more likely to be friends and often form dense communities, and we propose a method of inferring user attributes that is inspired by previous approaches to detecting communities in social networks. Our results show that certain user attributes can be inferred with high accuracy when given information on as little as 20 % of the users.
Segmentation of multivariate mixed data via lossy coding and compression
 IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2007
"... Abstract—In this paper, based on ideas from lossy data coding and compression, we present a simple but effective technique for segmenting multivariate mixed data that are drawn from a mixture of Gaussian distributions, which are allowed to be almost degenerate. The goal is to find the optimal segmen ..."
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Abstract—In this paper, based on ideas from lossy data coding and compression, we present a simple but effective technique for segmenting multivariate mixed data that are drawn from a mixture of Gaussian distributions, which are allowed to be almost degenerate. The goal is to find the optimal segmentation that minimizes the overall coding length of the segmented data, subject to a given distortion. By analyzing the coding length/rate of mixed data, we formally establish some strong connections of data segmentation to many fundamental concepts in lossy data compression and ratedistortion theory. We show that a deterministic segmentation is approximately the (asymptotically) optimal solution for compressing mixed data. We propose a very simple and effective algorithm that depends on a single parameter, the allowable distortion. At any given distortion, the algorithm automatically determines the corresponding number and dimension of the groups and does not involve any parameter estimation. Simulation results reveal intriguing phasetransitionlike behaviors of the number of segments when changing the level of distortion or the amount of outliers. Finally, we demonstrate how this technique can be readily applied to segment real imagery and bioinformatic data. Index Terms—Multivariate mixed data, data segmentation, data clustering, rate distortion, lossy coding, lossy compression, image segmentation, microarray data clustering. 1
Clustering ensembles: Models of consensus and weak partitions
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON PATTERN ANALYSIS AND MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
, 2005
"... Clustering ensembles have emerged as a powerful method for improving both the robustness as well as the stability of unsupervised classification solutions. However, finding a consensus clustering from multiple partitions is a difficult problem that can be approached from graphbased, combinatorial ..."
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Clustering ensembles have emerged as a powerful method for improving both the robustness as well as the stability of unsupervised classification solutions. However, finding a consensus clustering from multiple partitions is a difficult problem that can be approached from graphbased, combinatorial or statistical perspectives. This study extends previous research on clustering ensembles in several respects. First, we introduce a unified representation for multiple clusterings and formulate the corresponding categorical clustering problem. Second, we propose a probabilistic model of consensus using a finite mixture of multinomial distributions in a space of clusterings. A combined partition is found as a solution to the corresponding maximum likelihood problem using the EM algorithm. Third, we define a new consensus function that is related to the classical intraclass variance criterion using the generalized mutual information definition. Finally, we demonstrate the efficacy of combining partitions generated by weak clustering algorithms that use data projections and random data splits. A simple explanatory model is offered for the behavior of combinations of such weak clustering components. Combination accuracy is analyzed as a function of several parameters that control the power and resolution of component partitions as well as the number of partitions. We also analyze clustering ensembles with incomplete information and the effect of missing cluster labels on the quality of overall consensus. Experimental results demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods on several realworld datasets.
Feature Selection for Support Vector Machines by Means of Genetic Algorithms
, 2002
"... The problem of feature selection is a difficult combinatorial task in Machine Learning and of high practical relevance, e.g. in bioinformatics. Genetic Algorithms (GAs) offer a natural way to solve this problem. In this paper we present a special Genetic Algorithm, which especially takes into accoun ..."
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The problem of feature selection is a difficult combinatorial task in Machine Learning and of high practical relevance, e.g. in bioinformatics. Genetic Algorithms (GAs) offer a natural way to solve this problem. In this paper we present a special Genetic Algorithm, which especially takes into account the existing bounds on the generalization error for Support Vector Machines (SVMs). This new approach is compared to the traditional method of performing crossvalidation and to other existing algorithms for feature selection.
Efficient phrasebased document indexing for Web document clustering
 IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE AND DATA ENGINEERING
, 2004
"... Document clustering techniques mostly rely on single term analysis of the document data set, such as the Vector Space Model. To achieve more accurate document clustering, more informative features including phrases and their weights are particularly important in such scenarios. Document clustering ..."
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Document clustering techniques mostly rely on single term analysis of the document data set, such as the Vector Space Model. To achieve more accurate document clustering, more informative features including phrases and their weights are particularly important in such scenarios. Document clustering is particularly useful in many applications such as automatic categorization of documents, grouping search engine results, building a taxonomy of documents, and others. This paper presents two key parts of successful document clustering. The first part is a novel phrasebased document index model, the Document Index Graph, which allows for incremental construction of a phrasebased index of the document set with an emphasis on efficiency, rather than relying on singleterm indexes only. It provides efficient phrase matching that is used to judge the similarity between documents. The model is flexible in that it could revert to a compact representation of the vector space model if we choose not to index phrases. The second part is an incremental document clustering algorithm based on maximizing the tightness of clusters by carefully watching the pairwise document similarity distribution inside clusters. The combination of these two components creates an underlying model for robust and accurate document similarity calculation that leads to much improved results in Web document clustering over traditional methods.
Optimal cluster preserving embedding of nonmetric proximity data
 IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2003
"... Abstract—For several major applications of data analysis, objects are often not represented as feature vectors in a vector space, but rather by a matrix gathering pairwise proximities. Such pairwise data often violates metricity and, therefore, cannot be naturally embedded in a vector space. Concern ..."
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Abstract—For several major applications of data analysis, objects are often not represented as feature vectors in a vector space, but rather by a matrix gathering pairwise proximities. Such pairwise data often violates metricity and, therefore, cannot be naturally embedded in a vector space. Concerning the problem of unsupervised structure detection or clustering, in this paper, a new embedding method for pairwise data into Euclidean vector spaces is introduced. We show that all clustering methods, which are invariant under additive shifts of the pairwise proximities, can be reformulated as grouping problems in Euclidian spaces. The most prominent property of this constant shift embedding framework is the complete preservation of the cluster structure in the embedding space. Restating pairwise clustering problems in vector spaces has several important consequences, such as the statistical description of the clusters by way of cluster prototypes, the generic extension of the grouping procedure to a discriminative prediction rule, and the applicability of standard preprocessing methods like denoising or dimensionality reduction. Index Terms—Clustering, pairwise proximity data, cost function, embedding, MDS. 1
The concentration of fractional distances
 IEEE Trans. on Knowledge and Data Engineering
, 2007
"... Abstract—Nearest neighbor search and many other numerical data analysis tools most often rely on the use of the euclidean distance. When data are high dimensional, however, the euclidean distances seem to concentrate; all distances between pairs of data elements seem to be very similar. Therefore, t ..."
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Abstract—Nearest neighbor search and many other numerical data analysis tools most often rely on the use of the euclidean distance. When data are high dimensional, however, the euclidean distances seem to concentrate; all distances between pairs of data elements seem to be very similar. Therefore, the relevance of the euclidean distance has been questioned in the past, and fractional norms (Minkowskilike norms with an exponent less than one) were introduced to fight the concentration phenomenon. This paper justifies the use of alternative distances to fight concentration by showing that the concentration is indeed an intrinsic property of the distances and not an artifact from a finite sample. Furthermore, an estimation of the concentration as a function of the exponent of the distance and of the distribution of the data is given. It leads to the conclusion that, contrary to what is generally admitted, fractional norms are not always less concentrated than the euclidean norm; a counterexample is given to prove this claim. Theoretical arguments are presented, which show that the concentration phenomenon can appear for real data that do not match the hypotheses of the theorems, in particular, the assumption of independent and identically distributed variables. Finally, some insights about how to choose an optimal metric are given. Index Terms—Nearest neighbor search, highdimensional data, distance concentration, fractional distances. 1