Clustering via Kernel Decomposition

Anna Szynkowiak Have, Mark A. Girolami, Jan Larsen

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    Methods for spectral clustering have been proposed recently which rely on the eigenvalue decomposition of an affinity matrix. In this work it is proposed that the affinity matrix is created based on the elements of a non-parametric density estimator. This matrix is then decomposed to obtain posterior probabilities of class membership using an appropriate form of nonnegative matrix factorization. The troublesome selection of hyperparameters such as kernel width and number of clusters can be obtained using standard cross-validation methods as is demonstrated on a number of diverse data sets.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalI E E E Transactions on Neural Networks
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)256-264
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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    • probabilistic clustering
    • aggregated Markov models
    • spectral clustering
    • kernel principal component analysis
    • kernel decomposition


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