Evidence Accumulation Clustering Based on the K-Means Algorithm

  • Ana Fred
  • Anil K. Jain
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2396)


The idea of evidence accumulation for the combination of multiple clusterings was recently proposed [7]. Taking the K-means as the basic algorithm for the decomposition of data into a large number, k, of compact clusters, evidence on pattern association is accumulated, by a voting mechanism, over multiple clusterings obtained by random initializations of the K-means algorithm. This produces a mapping of the clusterings into a new similarity measure between patterns. The final data partition is obtained by applying the single-link method over this similarity matrix. In this paper we further explore and extend this idea, by proposing: (a) the combination of multiple K-means clusterings using variable k; (b) using cluster lifetime as the criterion for extracting the final clusters; and (c) the adaptation of this approach to string patterns. This leads to a more robust clustering technique, with fewer design parameters than the previous approach and potential applications in a wider range of problems.


Machine Intelligence Data Partition Cluster Validity Natural Cluster Vote Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Fred
    • 1
  • Anil K. Jain
    • 2
  1. 1.Instituto de Telecomunicações Instituto Superior TécnicoLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringMichigan State UniversityUSA

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