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**4. Clustering Methods Concepts Partitional (k-Means, k-Medoids)**

Hierarchical (Agglomerative & Divisive, COBWEB) Density-based (DBSCAN, CLIQUE) Large size data (STING, BIRCH, CURE) Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Concepts of Clustering**

Clusters Different ways of representing clusters Division with boundaries Venn diagram or spheres Probabilistic Dendrograms Trees Rules I1 I2 … In Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Clustering vs. classification**

About clusters Inter-clusters distance maximization Intra-clusters distance minimization Clustering vs. classification Which one is more difficult? Why? Various possible ways of clustering, which way is the best? Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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Major Categories Partitioning: Divide into k partitions (k fixed); repartition to get better clustering. Hierarchical: Divide into different number of partitions in layers - merge (bottom-up) or divide (top-down). Density-based: Continue to grow a cluster as long as the density of the cluster exceeds a threshold Grid-based: First divide space into grids, then perform clustering on the grids. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**k-Means Algorithm How good the clusters are Given k**

Randomly pick k instances as the initial centers Assign the rest instances to closest one of k clusters Recalculate the mean of each cluster Repeat 3 & 4 until means don’t change How good the clusters are Initial and final clusters Within-cluster variation diff(x,mean)^2 Why don’t we consider inter-cluster distance? We hope in k-Means that by minimizing within-cluster variation, we can maximize inter-cluster distance as well. Just hope. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Example For simplicity, 1 dimensional objects and k=2.**

K-means: Randomly select 5 and 6 as initial centroids; => Two clusters {1,2,5} and {6,7}; meanC1=8/3, meanC2=6.5 => {1,2}, {5,6,7}; meanC1=1.5, meanC2=6 => no change. Aggregate dissimilarity = 0.5^ ^2 + 1^2 + 1^2 = 2.5 Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Discussions Limitations: Variants of k-means exist:**

Means cannot be defined for categorical attributes; Choice of k; Sensitive to outliers; Crisp clustering Variants of k-means exist: Using modes to deal with categorical attributes How about distance measures Is it similar to or different from k-NN? With and without learning Hamming distance Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**k-Medoids k-Means algorithm is sensitive to outliers**

Is this true? How to prove it? Medoid – the most centrally located point in a cluster, as a representative point of the cluster. In contrast, a centroid is not necessarily inside a cluster. An example For the first cluster, y = 1, 2, 6, x = 3 Initial Medoids Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Partition Around Medoids**

PAM: Given k Randomly pick k instances as initial medoids Assign each instance to the nearest medoid x Calculate the objective function the sum of dissimilarities of all instances to their nearest medoids Randomly select an instance y Swap x by y if the swap reduces the objective function Repeat (3-6) until no change Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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k-Means and k-Medoids The key difference lies in how they update means or medoids Both require distance calculation and reassignment of instances Time complexity Which one is more costly? Dealing with outliers Outlier (100 unit away) Black dot is the medoid, it’s 1 away from its closest neighbors. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**EM (Expectation and Maximization)**

Moving away from crisp clusters as in k-Means by allowing an instance to belong to several clusters Finite mixtures – a statistical clustering model A mixture is a set of k probability distributions, representing k clusters The simplest finite mixture: one feature with a Gaussian When k=2, we need to estimate 5 parameters: 2 pairs of μ and σ and pA, where pB = 1- pA EM Estimate using instances Maximize the overall likelihood that data came from this data set Some details can be found in Witten and Frank’s book Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Agglomerative Each object is viewed as a cluster (bottom up).**

Repeat until the number of clusters is small enough Choose a closest pair of clusters Merge the two into one Defining “closest”: Centroid (mean of cluster) distance, (average) sum of pairwise distance, … Refer to the Evaluation part A dendrogram is a tree that shows clustering process. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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Dendrogram Cluster 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 into two clusters (centriod distance) 1 2 4 5 6 7 Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**An example to show different Links**

Single link Merge the nearest clusters measured by the shortest edge between the two (((A B) (C D)) E) Complete link Merge the nearest clusters measured by the longest edge between the two (((A B) E) (C D)) Average link Merge the nearest clusters measured by the average edge length between the two A B C D E 1 2 3 4 5 A B This example is from M. Dunham’s book (see the bib) E C D Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Divisive All instances belong to one cluster (top-down)**

To find an optimal division at each layer (especially the top one) is computationally prohibitive. One heuristic method is based on the Minimum Spanning Tree (MST) algorithm Connecting all instances with MST (O(N2)) Repeatedly cut out the longest edges at each iteration until some stopping criterion is met or until one instance remains in each cluster. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**COBWEB Building a conceptual hierarchy incrementally Category Utility:**

kijP(fi=vij)P(fi=vij|ck)P(ck|fi=vij) All categories ck, all features fi, all feature values vij It attempts to maximize both the probability that two objects in the same category have values in common and the probability that objects in different categories will have different property values Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Processing one instance at a time by evaluating**

Placing the instance in the best existing category Adding a new category containing only the instance Merging of two existing categories into a new one and adding the instance to that category Splitting of an existing category into two and placing the instance in the best new resulting category Grandparent Grandparent Split Parent Merge Child 1 Child 2 Child 1 Child 2 Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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Density-based BBSCAN –Density-Based Clustering of Applications with Noise It grows regions with sufficiently high density into clusters and can discover clusters of arbitrary shape in spatial databases with noise. Many existing clustering algorithms find spherical shapes of clusters DEBSCAN defines a cluster as a maximal set of density-connected points. Fig 8.9 J. Han and M. Kamber Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Defining density and connection**

-neighborhood of an object x (core object) (M, P, O) MinPts of objects within -neighborhood (say, 3) directly density-reachable (Q from M, M from P) density-reachable (Q from P, P not from Q) [asymmetric] density-connected (O, R, S) [symmetric] for border points What is the relationship between DR and DC? Han & Kamber2001 Q M S R O Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Clustering with DBSCAN**

Search for clusters by checking the -neighborhood of each instance x If the -neighborhood of x contains more than MinPts, create a new cluster with x as a core object Iteratively collect directly density-reachable objects from these core object and merge density-reachable clusters Terminate when no new point can be add to any cluster DBSCAN is sensitive to the thresholds of density, but it is many folds faster than CLARANS Time complexity O(N log N) if a spatial index is used, O(N2) otherwise Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Dealing with Large Data**

Key ideas Reducing the number of instances yet to maintain the distribution Identifying relevant subspaces where clusters possibly exist Using summarized information to avoid repeated data access Sampling CLARA (Clustering LARge Applications) working on samples instead of the whole data CLARANS (Clustering Large Applications based on RANdomized Search) Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Grid: STING (STatistical INformation Grid)**

Statistical parameters of higher-level cells can easily be computed from those of lower-level cells Attribute-independent: count Attribute-dependent: mean, standard deviation, min, max Type of distribution: normal, uniform, exponential, or unknown Irrelevant cells can be removed Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Representatives BIRCH using Clustering Feature (CF) and CF tree**

A cluster feature is a triplet about sub-clusters of instances (N, LS, SS) N - the number of instances, LS – linear sum, SS – square sum Two thresholds: branching factor and the max number of children per non-leaf node Two phases Build an initial in-memory CF tree Apply a clustering algorithm to cluster the leaf nodes in CF tree CURE (Clustering Using REpresentitives) is another example Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Taking advantage of the property of density**

If it’s dense in higher dimensional subspaces, it should be dense in some lower dimensional subspaces CLIQUE (CLustering In QUEst) With high dimensional data, there are many void subspaces Using the property identified, we can start with dense lower dimensional data CLIQUE is a density-based method that can automatically find subspaces of the highest dimensionality such that high-density clusters exist in those subspaces Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Chameleon A hierarchical Clustering Algorithm Using Dynamic Modeling**

Observations on the weakness of CURE and ROCK Han-Kamber 2001 Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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**Summary There are many clustering algorithms**

Good clustering algorithms maximize inter-cluster dissimilarity and intra-cluster similarity Without prior knowledge, it is difficult to choose the best clustering algorithm. Clustering is an important tool for outlier analysis. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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Bibliography I.H. Witten and E. Frank. Data Mining – Practical Machine Learning Tools and Techniques with Java Implementations Morgan Kaufmann. M. Kantardzic. Data Mining – Concepts, Models, Methods, and Algorithms IEEE. J. Han and M. Kamber. Data Mining – Concepts and Techniques Morgan Kaufmann. M. H. Dunham. Data Mining – Introductory and Advanced Topics. Spring 2003 Data Mining by H. Liu, ASU

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