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Nonparametric genetic clustering: comparison of validity indices

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2 Author(s)
Bandyopadhyay, S. ; Machine Intelligence Unit, Indian Stat. Inst., Calcutta, India ; Maulik, U.

A variable-string-length genetic algorithm (GA) is used for developing a novel nonparametric clustering technique when the number of clusters is not fixed a-priori. Chromosomes in the same population may now have different lengths since they encode different number of clusters. The crossover operator is redefined to tackle the concept of variable string length. A cluster validity index is used as a measure of the fitness of a chromosome. The performance of several cluster validity indices, namely the Davies-Bouldin (1979) index, Dunn's (1973) index, two of its generalized versions and a recently developed index, in appropriately partitioning a data set, are compared

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Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Part C: Applications and Reviews, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:31 ,  Issue: 1 )