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Unsupervised clustering of large data sets is a complicated NP-hard task. Due to its complexity, various metaheuristic machine learning algorithms have been used to automate or aid the clustering process. Genetic and evolutionary algorithms have been deployed to find clusters in data sets with success. However, also evolutionary clustering suffers from the high computational demands when it comes to fitness function evaluation. The GPU computing is a recent programming and development paradigm introducing high performance parallel computing to general audience. This work presents an initial design and implementation of a genetic algorithm for density based clustering on the GPU using the nVidia CUDA platform.
Date of Conference: 14-17 Oct. 2012