Large Scale Spectral Clustering Using Resistance Distance and Spielman-Teng Solvers

  • Nguyen Lu Dang Khoa
  • Sanjay Chawla
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7569)


The promise of spectral clustering is that it can help detect complex shapes and intrinsic manifold structure in large and high dimensional spaces. The price for this promise is the computational cost O(n 3) for computing the eigen-decomposition of the graph Laplacian matrix - so far a necessary subroutine for spectral clustering. In this paper we bypass the eigen-decomposition of the original Laplacian matrix by leveraging the recently introduced Spielman and Teng near-linear time solver for systems of linear equations and random projection. Experiments on several synthetic and real datasets show that the proposed approach has better clustering quality and is faster than the state-of-the-art approximate spectral clustering methods.


spectral clustering resistance distance Spielman-Teng Solver random projection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nguyen Lu Dang Khoa
    • 1
  • Sanjay Chawla
    • 1
  1. 1.School of ITUniversity of SydneyAustralia

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