Journal of Classification

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 3-30

First online:

The Practice of Cluster Analysis

  • Jon R. KettenringAffiliated withDrew University

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Cluster analysis is one of the main methodologies for analyzing multivariate data. Its use is widespread and growing rapidly. The goal of this article is to document this growth, characterize current usage, illustrate the breadth of applications via examples, highlight both good and risky practices, and suggest some research priorities.