Fuzzy clustering with volume prototypes and adaptive cluster merging

Kaymak, U and Setnes, M 2002, 'Fuzzy clustering with volume prototypes and adaptive cluster merging' , IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, 10 (6) , pp. 705-712.

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Two extensions to the objective function-based fuzzy clustering are proposed. First, the (point) prototypes are extended to hypervolumes, whose size can be fixed or can be determined automatically from the data being clustered. It is shown that clustering with hypervolume prototypes can be formulated as the minimization of an objective function. Second, a heuristic cluster merging step is introduced where the similarity among the clusters is assessed during optimization. Starting with an overestimation of the number of clusters in the data, similar clusters are merged in order to obtain a suitable partitioning. An adaptive threshold for merging is proposed. The extensions proposed are applied to Gustafson–Kessel and fuzzy c-means algorithms, and the resulting extended algorithm is given. The properties of the new algorithm are illustrated by various examples.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 10636706
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Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 15:34
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:18
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1819

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