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Re: Clustering (question)

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  • Subject: [mg104789] Re: [mg104686] Clustering (question)
  • From: Darren Glosemeyer <darreng at wolfram.com>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 05:58:27 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <200911071145.GAA09820@smc.vnet.net>

dr DanW wrote:
> Does anyone in the group understand the new HierarchicalClustering`
> package?  I'm not asking about the Mathematica functions specifically,
> I can learn that from the Doc Center.  I am curious about the
> mathematics behind it all.  Can anybody suggest a textbook or article
> that might help me understand this clustering mathematics and lingo,
> written at a level that a understandable with a minor in
> mathematics?   Is there a Schaum's Outline for clustering?
>
> Daniel
>   


Here are some references you might find useful:

L. Kaufman and P. J. Rousseeuw, Finding Groups in Data: An Introduction 
to Cluster Analysis, New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1990.

P. J. Rousseeuw, ?Silhouettes: A Graphical Aid to the Interpretation and 
Validation of Cluster Analysis,? J Comput. Appl. Math., 20, 1987, 53?65.

R. Tibshirani, G. Walther, and T. Hastie, ?Estimating the Number of 
Clusters in a Dataset Via the Gap Statistic.? Stanford Univ. Tech. 
report. March 2000. (published Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 
B, 63, 2001, 411?423.)

The references above, particularly the last two, should give good 
background for the methods used and how they work.

Darren Glosemeyer
Wolfram Research


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