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  Clustering: Science or Art?

Guyon, I., von Luxburg, U., & Williamson, R. (2009). Clustering: Science or Art? In NIPS 2009 Workshop on Clustering: Science or Art? Towards Principled Approaches (pp. 1-11).

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Guyon, I, Author
von Luxburg, U1, 2, Author              
Williamson, R, Author
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1Department Empirical Inference, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497795              
2Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_1497794              

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 Abstract: This paper deals with the question whether the quality of different clustering algorithms can be compared by a general, scientifically sound procedure which is independent of particular clustering algorithms. In our opinion, the major obstacle is the difficulty to evaluate a clustering algorithm without taking into account the context: why does the user cluster his data in the first place, and what does he want to do with the clustering afterwards? We suggest that clustering should not be treated as an application-independent mathematical problem, but should always be studied in the context of its end-use. Different techniques to evaluate clustering algorithms have to be developed for different uses of clustering. To simplify this procedure it will be useful to build a “taxonomy of clustering problems” to identify clustering applications which can be treated in a unified way.

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 Dates: 2009-12
 Publication Status: Published in print
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Title: NIPS 2009 Workshop on Clustering: Science or Art? Towards Principled Approaches
Place of Event: Whistler, BC, Canada
Start-/End Date: 2009-12-11

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Title: NIPS 2009 Workshop on Clustering: Science or Art? Towards Principled Approaches
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