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Clustering is the problem of finding groups of data points (often modelled as nodes in a graph) that are closer to each other than to other points.

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Grouping/Clustering results based on shared values

I have a data set that is similar to this: 10,000 jobs with 200,000 applicants which are linked to a job. I'm looking to cluster the shared jobs based on applicants that they share, am I reinventing ...
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What are the drawbacks of Normalized Mutual Information clustering evaluation method?

What are the drawbacks of Normalized Mutual Information (NMI) clustering evaluation method? For evaluating what clustering algorithms, is the NMI evaluation method suitable?
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Why does the BFR (Bradley, Fayyad and Reina) algorithm assume clusters to be normally distributed around its centroid?

I'm following a course on data mining based on the lectures from Stanford University and the book Mining of massive datasets. On the topic of clustering, the BFR algorithm is explained with this ...
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k-means clustered data: how to label newly incoming data

I have a data set with labels that were produced by a $k$-means clustering algorithm. Now there is some data (with the same data structure) from another source and I wonder what is the most sensible ...
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Clustering - Complete Linkage draw example

I'm studying unsupervised learning methods (clustering) and i've seen the Complete Linkage Method. I've also seen the following statement: Unlike single linkage, the complete linkage method can be ...
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Find shared properties of a cluster samples

I have a dataset which contains ~15 features. With the elbow method, I found out that the optimal number of clusters is probably four. Therefore, I applied the K-means algorithm with four clusters. ...
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Point cloud clustering based on similarity in less than $O(n^2)$

not sure if this is the right place to ask this but here it goes. Let's assume I have some 2D points dataset consisting of facial landmarks, and I want to cluster these based on similarity so that I ...
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Evaluating clustering/partitioning quality

I'm wondering what are the most common/recognized methods to assess the quality of a clustering. That is because I have developed a tool that can cluster/partition a network (in this case, a public ...
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Variant of the “Stable Roommates Problem” when room has not 2 but “n” mates

I'm looking at the name of a variant of the Stable Roommates Problem, when the rooms have more than 2 mates, ie for example 6 to 8. Does this problem has a specific name? A well-known algorithm? To ...
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Balanced $\epsilon$-separated partitioning by a hyperplane

Suppose we have $m$ points in $R^n$ and $\epsilon>0$ is a given constant. How can we find a hyperplane that the number of points that are $\epsilon$-close to it is minimum, with the constraint that ...
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Does a distance matrix have to be Euclidean in order to be clustered by an average-linking algorithm (UPGMA)?

What are the exact assumptions behind the use of UPGMA? Can I use a non-Euclidean metric? This may result in a non-Euclidean distance matrix. What kind of bias may I encounter if I do so? References ...
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How is the (local) clustering coefficient defined for vertices with degree 1

We want to compute the clustering coefficient $C$ for an undirected graph $G = (V, E)$. The clustering coefficient $C$ for a graph $G$ is the average over all local clustering coefficients $C_i$, ...
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Algorithms / heuristics for a distributed sorting problem

The setting: There's a cluster of $k$ computers (= nodes). For simplicity, assume their hardware is identical. The network topology can be complicated, but let's simplify and assume it's a clique ...
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Appropriate graph clustering algorithm

I'm looking for an appropriate technique to search for clusters. My underlying data is 70,000 respondents to about 2500 multiple choice questions. Most respondents have not answered most questions. I ...
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What is difference between parallel virtual machine (PVM) and (mpi) Message passing Interface? [duplicate]

I am using beowulf cluster. And want to know the difference between parallel virtual machine(pvm) and message passing interface(mpi). Thank you.
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What is parallel virtual machine (pvm) and how it's different from mpi (message passing interface)

I am learning beowulf cluster. And I want to know what is pvm and how it's work and there is any difference between mpi and pvm
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What is the difference between parallel virtual machine and message passing interface. And how both works [duplicate]

I m learning beowulf system architecture and I encounter these terms many time. I know these are the library file and we use these to write parallel programing. But I do not know how these work and ...
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How to cluster images based on meta-information in tags

Context and Motivation I have researched online for an algorithm (independent of a programming language AND in the context of Machine Learning) that accepts images as inputs with the expectation that ...
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How to perform particle swarm optimization clustering of results obtained from tf-idf vectorizer?

I have a collection of news articles. I have performed tf-idf operations on them. I am using python as programming language so it was just the use of TF-IDF vectorizer function. I now have the ...
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Cluster with categorical / ordinal

i have a dataset with movies review. I wish cluster my element but inside i have a categorical / ordinal values. i seen that exist: MCA (Multiple Correspondence Analysis) https://www.utdallas.edu/~...
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Algorithm to group entities into variable sized groups based on attribute

I have the following problem: There are n entities (persons) having a common attribute (weight) and I need to build weight categories (this is for a sports event) grouping people based on their ...
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Concrete/theoritical center of a cluster in a general metric space

What i call center is the point which minimize the distance to every points of a specific cluster. From what i know we can look for a concrete point in the cluster get an approximation of the center. ...
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How fast can we optimally cluster 1-D data?

K-means clustering is the problem of partitioning a set of points in a metric space into $k$ sets (clusters), such that the sum of squared distances between each point and the center of its cluster) ...
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Large-scale string clustering

I've more than 10 million strings of length 1-100 characters. This number will be even bigger in the future. I'm interested in clustering this data, but I'm not quite sure what would be effective at ...
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Densely connected non overlapping subgraph

I'm trying to detect quasi cliques in an undirected graph. My problem is that I don't want any overlap between cluster. I'm currently trying to detect community using Louvain algorithm, but it ...
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What is the relationship between pairwise loss and centroid loss?

What is the relationship between pairwise loss and centroid loss? Under what conditions you would expect them to give similar behavior? Under what conditions would they give different behavior?
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How to calculate the minimum number of groups, by grouping groups with capacity together?

I need to group cars (and their passengers) with other cars, and I don't know how to approach this problem. If I have, for example, 3 cars. Car A with 7 seats and 2 passengers (3/7 because of the ...
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Finding the “most modular” subset of graph vertices, i.e. that minimize disagreement inside and outside

Let $G = (V, E)$ be a graph. I want to find the subset of vertices of $G$ that minimizes a certain modularity cost. In our setting, the modularity cost of a subset $X$ is defined as the number of ...
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Persistent Homology vs Clustering Methods

How do persistent homology and clustering methods for data point clouds differ? I'm specifically interested in the application to gene expression data of cancer patients, but any example works. I ...
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Creating Best Clusters of Objects Based on Distance Between Them

I have an array of images. And, there is a function that calculates the distance between two images. I wish to cluster the images based on this distance. So the clusters contain images that are all ...
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(DROP) Data Reduction Algorithm - How it works?

I am studing a PHD framework which the propose is to reduce the dataset with the most representative samples for training a classifier. Maybe I am loosing something, but I could not undestand a ...
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$k$ -center with outliers - but the points are on a line

The classic $k$-center with outliers problem is NP-hard and there exist approximation algorithms to solve it. However, what if we assume that the input point are on a line, rather than in an ...
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Identify objects (bus) on the map based on coordinates (lat, lon)

Let's say I have an android app that frequently sends current GPS location of the user. If person is driving with bus, I can easily get GPS location of the bus and display it on the map and update it ...
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Strict partitioning clustering of points in 2D space into variable (but fixed) length cluster in order to minimize distance from center

Given $\\N$ points in 2D space, one is required to cluster them into $\\M$ clusters, with each cluster of a given size $\\S_m$ such that $\sum S_m = N$, in order to minimize the sum of the distance of ...
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Clustering non-overlapping time series

I have thousands of times series of different length and different time. I want to group them together so that I know the optimal ones to pick as input for a ML algorithm and to document how they are ...
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Clustering via Max-Cut

I wonder if there are papers that uses max cut algorithm(s) to cluster data. For example, if an edge between two nodes $u$ and $v$ indicate that $u$ and $v$ are different, then the max-cut in some ...
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Python: Clustering based on pairwise distance matrix [closed]

I have a matrix which represents the distances between every two relevant items. For example, M[i][j] holds the distance between items i and j. My next aim is to cluster items by these distances. I ...
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What is the definition of a “Clustering Feature” in BIRCH algorithm?

The paper for BIRCH (a clustering algorithm) contains definitions of a Clustering Feature (CF) where the notation is unclear (cf. PDF page 3 / section 4). A cluster contains N d-dimensional entries $ ...
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clustering with uncertain number of clusters

I detect a unmanned aerial vehicle(UAV) in a picture using template matching. The template library only contains targets with different scales, rotations and other differences.I want to simplify the ...
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Spanning tree with equally separated edge weights

I have a fully-connected graph $G=(V,E)$ with edge weights $w(v)\in\mathbb{R};v\in V$ and I need to find a spanning tree $T=(V_t\subseteq V,E_t\subseteq E)$ where the set of edge weights in the tree ...
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What exactly is the difference between supervised and unsupervised learning?

I am trying to understand clustering methods. What I I think I understood: In supervised learning, the categories/labels data is assigned to are known before computation. So, the labels, classes or ...
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how to add bound to clustering algorithm?

I've got a numeric matrix with 72 rows and 2 columns where the first column is the index value and the other column has sequence from 0 to 5 repeated 12 times. The dataset is like above: ...
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Graph families with high $k$-community

Just a quick question here, is there a known description of a graph family where for every graph $G=(V,E)$ it holds that for every $(u,v) \in E$ you have $|N(u) \cap N(v)| \geq k$? There was a ...
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CURE algorithm: what does moving the representative points towards the centroid do?

The CURE algorithm is a method of clustering data. An outline of it can be found here on slide 5: https://www.slideshare.net/ellepiu/cure-clustering-algorithm. I personally learnt it from this video: ...
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k-means clustering with efficient point lookup?

What's an algorithm for $k$-means clustering, in particular an online algorithm (you can stream new points to it), such that once the size of the set of clusters $k$ becomes large, we can still ...
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Specific Examples with Explanation of Similarities and Differences of how Distance Functions are used Across Different Fields [closed]

I took a tangent from a student project I had done a number of years ago and spent some time studying distance functions. (please note that the above link contains the full question with links as I ...
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Selecting higher values from arrays that are not far from each other

I have arrays $a_1...a_n$ each containing $m$ values inside. I want to select one value from each array. Let us say the selected values from each array are represented with $x_1...x_n$ and the ...
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Clustering based on weights of edges

I have a weighted graph representing traffic network. Nodes represent the locations and vertices represent available paths between locations. Weight values represent number of the passages on the path....
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Is this version of clustering still NP-Hard?

Let the set $A = \{a_1,...,a_n\}$ of objects and $d(a_i,aj) \quad \forall i,j\in[n] \quad i\neq j$. Let $\;C=\{C_1,...,C_k\}$ the set of clusters, split the elements of $A$ into $C$ such as there is ...
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What are the (efficient) algorithms to cluster squares into groups using a threshold such that the closest squares form groups?

I have a set of rectangles that needed to be grouped based on their locations. (All the rectangles follow the same orientation.) Two rectangles would be in the same group if the distance between them ...