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**Clustering AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining Xiangliang Zhang**

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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Grouping fruits Grouping apple with apple, orange with orange and banana with banana 2

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**Give pictures to a computer**

Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 3

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**Change pictures to data**

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**Change pictures to data**

x3 x1 x2 x4 x5 x6 x7 x8 x9 ……xn Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 5

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**Use clustering methods**

1 2 3 ... … x1 x2 x3 x4 x5 x6 x7 x8 x9 ... … Output: clustering indicator Clustering Method Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 6

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

Correct? 1 2 3 ... … x1 x2 x3 x4 x5 x6 x7 x8 x9 ... … Output: clustering indicator Clustering Method Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 7

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

Cluster Analysis What is Cluster Analysis? Partitioning Methods Hierarchical Methods Density-Based Methods Grid-Based Methods Model-Based Methods Clustering High-Dimensional Data How to decide the number of clusters? Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 8

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**What is Cluster Analysis?**

Finding groups of objects such that the objects in a group will be similar (or related) to one another and different from (or unrelated to) the objects in other groups Inter-cluster distances are maximized Intra-cluster distances are minimized Unsupervised learning: no predefined classes Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 9

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**Applications of Cluster Analysis**

Understanding As a stand-alone tool to get insight into data distribution As a preprocessing step for other algorithms E.g., group related documents for browsing, group genes and proteins that have similar functionality, or group stocks with similar price fluctuations Summarization Reduce the size of large data sets Image segmentation/compression Preserve Privacy (e.g., in medical data) Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 10

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

Clustering A clustering is a set of clusters Notion of a Cluster can be Ambiguous A set of data points A clustering with Two Clusters A clustering with Six Clusters A clustering with Four Clusters Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 11

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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 result depends on both the implementation of a method and the similarity measure used by this method The quality of a clustering method is also measured by its ability to discover some or all of the hidden patterns Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 12

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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 result depends on both the implementation of a method and the similarity measure used by this method The quality of a clustering method is also measured by its ability to discover some or all of the hidden patterns What kinds of method ? What kinds of similarity measure ? Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 13

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

Similarity measure The similarity measure depends on the characteristics of the input data Attribute type: binary, categorical, continuous Sparseness Dimensionality Type of proximity Center-based Density-based Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 14

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

Data Structures Data matrix n instances, p attributes (features) Distance matrix (dissimilarity matrix) Minkowski distance: If q = 1, d is Manhattan distance If q = 2, d is Euclidean distance Cosine measure Correlation coefficient Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 15

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**Types of Clustering methods**

Partitioning Clustering A division data objects into non-overlapping subsets (clusters) such that each data object is in exactly one subset Typical methods: k-means, k-medoids, CLARANS A Partitioning Clustering Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 16

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**Types of Clustering methods**

Hierarchical clustering A set of nested clusters organized as a hierarchical tree Typical methods: Diana, Agnes, BIRCH, ROCK, CAMELEON Hierarchical Clustering Dendrogram Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 17

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**Types of Clustering methods**

Density-based Clustering Based on connectivity and density functions A cluster is a dense region of points, which is separated by low-density regions, from other regions of high density. Typical methods: DBSACN, OPTICS, DenClue 6 density-based clusters Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 18

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**Types of Clustering methods**

Grid-based Clustering Based on a multiple-level granularity structure Typical methods: STING, WaveCluster, CLIQUE Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 19

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**Types of Clustering methods**

Model-based clustering: 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 Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 20

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

Cluster Analysis What is Cluster Analysis? Partitioning Methods Hierarchical Methods Density-Based Methods Grid-Based Methods Model-Based Methods Clustering High-Dimensional Data How to decide the number of clusters? Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 21

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**Partitioning Algorithms: Basic Concept**

Partitioning clustering method: Construct a partition of a dataset D of n objects into a set of k clusters, s.t., min sum of squared distance Averaged center of the cluster NP-hard when k is a part of input (even for 2-dim)* Given a k, finding a partition of k clusters that optimizes SSD takes Heuristic methods: k-means (also called Lloyd’s method [Llo82]) C3 C2 C1 x μi a simple heuristic: k-means! A Partitioning Clustering k=3 * Mahajan, M.; Nimbhorkar, P.; Varadarajan, K. (2009). "The Planar k-Means Problem is NP-Hard". Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5431: 274–285. # Inaba; Katoh; Imai (1994). Applications of weighted Voronoi diagrams and randomization to variance-based k-clustering". Proceedings of 10th ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry. 22

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**Partitioning Algorithms: Basic Concept**

Partitioning clustering method: Construct a partition of a dataset D of n objects into a set of k clusters, s.t., min sum of squared distance Actual center of the cluster Global optimal: exhaustively enumerate all partitions Heuristic methods: k-medoids or PAM (Partition around medoids) (Kaufman & Rousseeuw’87) A Partitioning Clustering k=3 C3 C2 C1 O μi Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 23

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**Partitioning Algorithms**

k-means Algorithm Issue of initial centroids , clustering evaluation Limitations of k-means k-medoids Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 24

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

k-means clustering Number of clusters, K, must be specified Each cluster is associated with an averaged point (centroid) Each point is assigned to the cluster with the closest centroid The basic algorithm is very simple Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 25

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

k-means clustering Example: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 10 9 8 7 6 5 Update the cluster means 4 Assign each objects to most similar center 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 reassign reassign K=2 Arbitrarily choose K object as initial cluster center Update the cluster means Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 26

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**K-means Clustering – Details**

Initial centroids are often chosen randomly. Clusters produced vary from one run to another. The centroid is (typically) the mean of the points in the cluster. ‘Closeness’ is measured by Euclidean distance, cosine similarity, correlation, etc. K-means will converge for common similarity measures mentioned above. Most of the convergence happens in the first few iterations. Often the stopping condition is changed to ‘Until relatively few points change clusters’ Complexity is O( n * K * t * d ) n = number of points, K = number of clusters, t = number of iterations, d = number of attributes Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 27

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**Partitioning Algorithms**

k-means Algorithm Issue of initial centroids , clustering evaluation Limitations of k-means k-medoids Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 28

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**Importance of Choosing Initial Centroid**

Clusters produced vary from one run to another. Run 2 Run 1 Original Points 29

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**Evaluating K-means Clustering**

Most common measure is Sum of Squared Error (SSE) For each point, the error is the distance to the nearest centroid (the error of representing each point by its nearest centroid) Given two clustering results, we can choose the one with smaller error SSE of optimal clustering result reduces when increasing K, the number of clusters A good clustering with smaller K can have a lower SSE than a poor clustering with higher K Note: C1 is better than C2 Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 30

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**Importance of Choosing Initial Centroid**

Clusters produced vary from one run to another. Run 2 Run 1 Original Points SSE(Run1) < SSR(Run2) 31

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**Solutions to Initial Centroids Problem**

Multiple runs select the one with smallest SSE Sample and use hierarchical clustering to determine initial centroids Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 32

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**Comments on the K-Means Method**

Strength: Relatively efficient: O(nktd), where n is # objects, k is # clusters, t is # iterations , and d is # dimensions. Normally, k, t ,d<< n. Comparing: PAM: O(k(n-k)2 ), CLARA: O(ks2 + k(n-k)) Comment: Often terminates at a local optimum. 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 differing sizes, differing density, non-convex shapes Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 33

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**Partitioning Algorithms**

k-means Algorithm Issue of initial centroids , clustering evaluation Limitations of k-means k-medoids Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 34

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**Limitations of K-means: Differing Sizes**

Original Points K-means (3 Clusters) Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 35

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**Limitations of K-means: Differing Density**

Original Points K-means (3 Clusters) Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 36

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**Limitations of K-means: Non-convex Shapes**

Original Points K-means (2 Clusters) Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 37

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**Overcoming K-means Limitations**

Original Points K-means Clusters One solution is to use many clusters. Find parts of clusters, but need to put together. Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 38

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**Overcoming K-means Limitations**

Original Points K-means Clusters One solution is to use many clusters. Find parts of clusters, but need to put together. Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 39

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**Overcoming K-means Limitations**

Original Points K-means Clusters One solution is to use many clusters. Find parts of clusters, but need to put together. Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 40

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**K-medoids, instead of K-means**

The k-means algorithm is sensitive to outliers ! Since an object with an extremely large value may substantially distort the distribution of the data Means are not able to compute in some cases. Only similarities among objects are available 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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 41

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**Partitioning Algorithms**

k-means Algorithm Issue of initial centroids , clustering evaluation Limitations of k-means k-medoids PAM CLARA CLARANS Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 42

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**The K-Medoids Clustering Method**

Find representative objects, called medoids, in clusters k-medoids, use the same strategy of k-means PAM (Partitioning Around Medoids, 1987) starts from an initial set of medoids and iteratively replaces one of the medoids by one of the non-medoids if it improves the total distance of the resulting clustering PAM works effectively for small data sets, but does not scale well for large data sets CLARA (Kaufmann & Rousseeuw, 1990) CLARANS (Ng & Han, 1994): Randomized sampling Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 43

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**A Typical K-Medoids Algorithm (PAM)**

Total Cost ({mi}) = 20 10 9 8 7 Arbitrary choose k object as initial medoids (mi,i=1..k) Assign each remaining object to nearest medoids 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 K=2 select a nonmedoid object,Oj Total Cost = 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Compute total cost of all possible new set of medoids (Oj,{mi},i≠t) Swapping mt and Oj If cost({Oj,{mi,i≠t})} is the smallest, and cost ({Oj,{mi,i≠t}}) < cost({mi}). Do loop Until no change 44

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**PAM (Partitioning Around Medoids) (1987)**

PAM (Partitioning Around Medoids, Kaufman and Rousseeuw, 1987) Use real object to represent the cluster Select k representative objects (medoids) arbitrarily For each pair of non-selected object h and selected object i, calculate the total swapping cost TCih TCih= total_cost(replace i by h) - total_cost(no replace) If min(TCih )< 0, i is replaced by h Then assign each non-selected object to the most similar representative object repeat steps 2-3 until there is no change O(k(n-k)2 ) for each iteration where n is # of data, k is # of clusters Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 45

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**CLARA (Clustering Large Applications) (1990)**

CLARA (Clustering LARge Applications, Kaufmann and Rousseeuw) Sampling based method: It draws multiple samples of the data set, applies PAM on each sample, gives the best clustering as the output (minimizing cost/SSE) Strength: deals with larger data sets than PAM Weakness: Efficiency depends on the sample size A good clustering based on samples will not necessarily represent a good clustering of the whole data set if the sample is biased Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 46

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**CLARANS (“Randomized” CLARA) (1994)**

CLARANS (A Clustering Algorithm based on Randomized Search, Ng and Han’94) The clustering process can be presented as searching a graph where every node is a potential solution, that is, a set of k medoids PAM: checks every neighbor CLARA: examines fewer neighbors, searches in subgraphs built from samples CLARANS: searches the whole graph but draws sample of neighbors dynamically Each node: k medoids, which correspond to a clustering ……. Two nodes are connected as neighbors if their sets differ by only one item each node has k(n-k) neighbors Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 47

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**CLARANS (“Randomized” CLARA) (1994)**

CLARANS: searches the whole graph but draws sample of neighbors dynamically It is more efficient and scalable than both PAM and CLARA Focusing techniques and spatial access structures may further improve its performance (Ester et al.’95) ……. Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 48

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**Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining**

What you should know What is clustering? What is partitioning clustering method? How does k-means work? The limitation of k-means How does k-mediods work? How to solve the scalability problem of k-mediods? Xiangliang Zhang, KAUST AMCS/CS 340: Data Mining 49

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