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Clustering with Bregman Divergences
 JOURNAL OF MACHINE LEARNING RESEARCH
, 2005
"... A wide variety of distortion functions are used for clustering, e.g., squared Euclidean distance, Mahalanobis distance and relative entropy. In this paper, we propose and analyze parametric hard and soft clustering algorithms based on a large class of distortion functions known as Bregman divergence ..."
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A wide variety of distortion functions are used for clustering, e.g., squared Euclidean distance, Mahalanobis distance and relative entropy. In this paper, we propose and analyze parametric hard and soft clustering algorithms based on a large class of distortion functions known as Bregman divergences. The proposed algorithms unify centroidbased parametric clustering approaches, such as classical kmeans and informationtheoretic clustering, which arise by special choices of the Bregman divergence. The algorithms maintain the simplicity and scalability of the classical kmeans algorithm, while generalizing the basic idea to a very large class of clustering loss functions. There are two main contributions in this paper. First, we pose the hard clustering problem in terms of minimizing the loss in Bregman information, a quantity motivated by ratedistortion theory, and present an algorithm to minimize this loss. Secondly, we show an explicit bijection between Bregman divergences and exponential families. The bijection enables the development of an alternative interpretation of an ecient EM scheme for learning models involving mixtures of exponential distributions. This leads to a simple soft clustering algorithm for all Bregman divergences.
Data Clustering: 50 Years Beyond KMeans
, 2008
"... Organizing data into sensible groupings is one of the most fundamental modes of understanding and learning. As an example, a common scheme of scientific classification puts organisms into taxonomic ranks: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, etc.). Cluster analysis is the formal study of algorithms and m ..."
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Organizing data into sensible groupings is one of the most fundamental modes of understanding and learning. As an example, a common scheme of scientific classification puts organisms into taxonomic ranks: domain, kingdom, phylum, class, etc.). Cluster analysis is the formal study of algorithms and methods for grouping, or clustering, objects according to measured or perceived intrinsic characteristics or similarity. Cluster analysis does not use category labels that tag objects with prior identifiers, i.e., class labels. The absence of category information distinguishes data clustering (unsupervised learning) from classification or discriminant analysis (supervised learning). The aim of clustering is exploratory in nature to find structure in data. Clustering has a long and rich history in a variety of scientific fields. One of the most popular and simple clustering algorithms, Kmeans, was first published in 1955. In spite of the fact that Kmeans was proposed over 50 years ago and thousands of clustering algorithms have been published since then, Kmeans is still widely used. This speaks to the difficulty of designing a general purpose clustering algorithm and the illposed problem of clustering. We provide a brief overview of clustering, summarize well known clustering methods, discuss the major challenges and key issues in designing clustering algorithms, and point out some of the emerging and useful research directions, including semisupervised clustering, ensemble clustering, simultaneous feature selection, and data clustering and large scale data clustering.
Robust Data Clustering
, 2003
"... We address the problem of robust clustering by combining data partitions (forming a clustering ensemble) produced by multiple clusterings. We formulate robust clustering under an informationtheoretical framework; mutual information is the underlying concept used in the definition of quantitative me ..."
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We address the problem of robust clustering by combining data partitions (forming a clustering ensemble) produced by multiple clusterings. We formulate robust clustering under an informationtheoretical framework; mutual information is the underlying concept used in the definition of quantitative measures of agreement or consistency between data partitions. Robustness is assessed by variance of the cluster membership, based on bootstrapping. We propose and analyze a voting mechanism on pairwise associations of patterns for combining data partitions. We show that the proposed technique attempts to optimize the mutual information based criteria, although the optimality is not ensured in all situations. This evidence accumulation method is demonstrated by combining the wellknown Kmeans algorithm to produce clustering ensembles. Experimental results show the ability of the technique to identify clusters with arbitrary shapes and sizes.
Unbiased recursive partitioning: a conditional inference framework
, 2004
"... Recursive binary partitioning is a popular tool for regression analysis. Two fundamental problems of exhaustive search procedures usually applied to fit such models have been known for a long time: Overfitting and a selection bias towards covariates with many possible splits or missing values. While ..."
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Recursive binary partitioning is a popular tool for regression analysis. Two fundamental problems of exhaustive search procedures usually applied to fit such models have been known for a long time: Overfitting and a selection bias towards covariates with many possible splits or missing values. While pruning procedures are able to solve the overfitting problem, the variable selection bias still seriously effects the interpretability of treestructured regression models. For some special cases unbiased procedures have been suggested, however lacking a common theoretical foundation. We propose a unified framework for recursive partitioning which embeds treestructured regression models into a well defined theory of conditional inference procedures. Stopping criteria based on multiple test procedures are implemented and it is shown that the predictive performance of the resulting trees is as good as the performance of established exhaustive search procedures. It turns out that the partitions and therefore the models induced by both approaches are structurally different, indicating the need for an unbiased variable selection. The methodology presented here is applicable to all kinds of regression problems, including nominal, ordinal, numeric, censored as well as multivariate response variables and arbitrary measurement scales of the covariates. Data from studies on animal abundance, glaucoma classification, node positive breast cancer and mammography experience are reanalyzed.
Clustering aggregation
 in ICDE 2005, 2005
"... We consider the following problem: given a set of clusterings, find a clustering that agrees as much as possible with the given clusterings. This problem, clustering aggregation, appears naturally in various contexts. For example, clustering categorical data is an instance of the problem: each cat ..."
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We consider the following problem: given a set of clusterings, find a clustering that agrees as much as possible with the given clusterings. This problem, clustering aggregation, appears naturally in various contexts. For example, clustering categorical data is an instance of the problem: each categorical variable can be viewed as a clustering of the input rows. Moreover, clustering aggregation can be used as a metaclustering method to improve the robustness of clusterings. The problem formulation does not require apriori information about the number of clusters, and it gives a natural way for handling missing values. We give a formal statement of the clusteringaggregation problem, we discuss related work, and we suggest a number of algorithms. For several of the methods we provide theoretical guarantees on the quality of the solutions. We also show how sampling can be used to scale the algorithms for large data sets. We give an extensive empirical evaluation demonstrating the usefulness of the problem and of the solutions. 1
Combining multiple clusterings using evidence accumulation
 IEEE Transaction on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
, 2005
"... We explore the idea of evidence accumulation (EAC) for combining the results of multiple clusterings. First, a clustering ensemble a set of object partitions, is produced. Given a data set (n objects or patterns in d dimensions), different ways of producing data partitions are: (1) applying differ ..."
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We explore the idea of evidence accumulation (EAC) for combining the results of multiple clusterings. First, a clustering ensemble a set of object partitions, is produced. Given a data set (n objects or patterns in d dimensions), different ways of producing data partitions are: (1) applying different clustering algorithms, and (2) applying the same clustering algorithm with different values of parameters or initializations. Further, combinations of different data representations (feature spaces) and clustering algorithms can also provide a multitude of significantly different data partitionings. We propose a simple framework for extracting a consistent clustering, given the various partitions in a clustering ensemble. According to the EAC concept, each partition is viewed as an independent evidence of data organization, individual data partitions being combined, based on a voting mechanism, to generate a new n × n similarity matrix between the n patterns. The final data partition of the n patterns is obtained by applying a hierarchical agglomerative clustering algorithm on this matrix. We have developed a theoretical framework for the analysis of the proposed clustering combination strategy and its evaluation, based on the concept of mutual information between data partitions. Stability of the results is evaluated using bootstrapping techniques. A detailed discussion of an evidence accumulationbased clustering algorithm, using a split and merge strategy based on the Kmeans clustering algorithm, is presented. Experimental results of the proposed method on several synthetic and real data sets are compared with other combination strategies, and with individual clustering results produced by well known clustering algorithms.
Solving Cluster Ensemble Problems by Bipartite Graph Partitioning
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MACHINE LEARNING
, 2004
"... A critical problem in cluster ensemble research is how to combine multiple clusterings to yield a final superior clustering result. Leveraging advanced graph partitioning techniques, we solve this problem by reducing it to a graph partitioning problem. We introduce a new reduction method that constr ..."
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A critical problem in cluster ensemble research is how to combine multiple clusterings to yield a final superior clustering result. Leveraging advanced graph partitioning techniques, we solve this problem by reducing it to a graph partitioning problem. We introduce a new reduction method that constructs a bipartite graph from a given cluster ensemble. The resulting graph models both instances and clusters of the ensemble simultaneously as vertices in the graph. Our approach retains all of the information provided by a given ensemble, allowing the similarity among instances and the similarity among clusters to be considered collectively in forming the final clustering. Further, the resulting graph partitioning problem can be solved efficiently. We empirically evaluate the proposed approach against two commonly used graph formulations and show that it is more robust and achieves comparable or better performance in comparison to its competitors.
Information Theoretic Measures for Clusterings Comparison: Is a Correction for Chance Necessary?
"... Information theoretic based measures form a fundamental class of similarity measures for comparing clusterings, beside the class of paircounting based and setmatching based measures. In this paper, we discuss the necessity of correction for chance for information theoretic based measures for clust ..."
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Information theoretic based measures form a fundamental class of similarity measures for comparing clusterings, beside the class of paircounting based and setmatching based measures. In this paper, we discuss the necessity of correction for chance for information theoretic based measures for clusterings comparison. We observe that the baseline for such measures, i.e. average value between random partitions of a data set, does not take on a constant value, and tends to have larger variation when the ratio between the number of data points and the number of clusters is small. This effect is similar in some other noninformation theoretic based measures such as the wellknown Rand Index. Assuming a hypergeometric model of randomness, we derive the analytical formula for the expected mutual information value between a pair of clusterings, and then propose the adjusted version for several popular information theoretic based measures. Some examples are given to demonstrate the need and usefulness of the adjusted measures. 1.
An eventbased framework for characterizing the evolution of interaction graphs
, 2007
"... Interaction graphs are ubiquitous in many fields such as bioinformatics, sociology and physical sciences. There have been many studies in the literature targeted at studying and mining these graphs. However, almost all of them have studied these graphs from a static point of view. The study of the e ..."
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Interaction graphs are ubiquitous in many fields such as bioinformatics, sociology and physical sciences. There have been many studies in the literature targeted at studying and mining these graphs. However, almost all of them have studied these graphs from a static point of view. The study of the evolution of these graphs over time can provide tremendous insight on the behavior of entities, communities and the flow of information among them. In this work, we present an eventbased characterization of critical behavioral patterns for temporally varying interaction graphs. We use nonoverlapping snapshots of interaction graphs and develop a framework for capturing and identifying interesting events from them. We use these events to characterize complex behavioral patterns of individuals and communities over time. We show how semantic information can be incorporated to reason about communitybehavior events. We also demonstrate the application of behavioral patterns for the purposes of modeling evolution, link prediction and influence maximization. Finally, we present a diffusion model for evolving networks, based on our framework.
An Analysis of Social NetworkBased Sybil Defenses ABSTRACT
"... Recently, there has been much excitement in the research community over using social networks to mitigate multiple identity, or Sybil, attacks. A number of schemes have been proposed, but they differ greatly in the algorithms they use and in the networks upon which they are evaluated. As a result, t ..."
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Recently, there has been much excitement in the research community over using social networks to mitigate multiple identity, or Sybil, attacks. A number of schemes have been proposed, but they differ greatly in the algorithms they use and in the networks upon which they are evaluated. As a result, the research community lacks a clear understanding of how these schemes compare against each other, how well they would work on realworld social networks with different structural properties, or whether there exist other (potentially better) ways of Sybil defense. In this paper, we show that, despite their considerable differences, existing Sybil defense schemes work by detecting local communities (i.e., clusters of nodes more tightly knit than the rest of the graph) around a trusted node. Our finding has important implications for both existing and future designs of Sybil defense schemes. First, we show that there is an opportunity to leverage the substantial amount of prior work on general community detection algorithms in order to defend against Sybils. Second, our analysis reveals the fundamental limits of current social networkbased Sybil defenses: We demonstrate that networks with welldefined community structure are inherently more vulnerable to Sybil attacks, and that, in such networks, Sybils can carefully target their links in order make their attacks more effective.