Multiple Clustering Solutions Analysis Through Lest-Square Consensus Algorithms

Clustering is one of the most important unsupervised learning problems and it deals with finding a structure in a collection of unlabeled data; however, different clustering algorithms applied to the same data-set produce different solutions. In many applications the problem of multiple solutions becomes crucial and providing a limited group of good clusterings is often more desirable than a single solution. In this work we propose the Least Square Consensus clustering that allows a user to extrapolate a small number of different clustering solutions from an initial (large) set of solutions obtained by applying any clustering algorithm to a given data-set. Two different implementations are presented. In both cases, each consensus is accomplished with a measure of quality defined in terms of Least Square error and a graphical visualization is provided in order to make immediately interpretable the result. Numerical experiments are carried out on both synthetic and real data-sets.
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Murino L., Angelini C., Bifulco I., De Feis I., Raiconi G., Tagliaferri R.
Lecture notes in computer science