A New Knowledge-Transmission Based Horizontal Collaborative Fuzzy Clustering Algorithm for Unequal-Length Time Series

  • Shurong Jiang
  • Jianlong Wang
  • Fusheng YuEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 838)


This paper focuses on the clustering of unequal-length time series which appear frequently in reality. How to deal with the unequal lengths is the key step in the clustering process. In this paper, we will change the given unequal-length clustering problem into several equal-length clustering sub-problems by dividing the unequal-length time series into equal-length time series. For each sub-problem, we can use the standard fuzzy c-means algorithm to get the clustering result which is represented by a partition matrix and a set of cluster centers. In order to obtain the final clustering result of the original clustering problem, we will use the horizontal collaborative fuzzy clustering algorithm to fuse the clustering results of these sub-problems. In the process of collaboration, the collaborative knowledge is transmitted by partition matrixes whose sizes should be the same. But in the scenario here, the obtained partition matrixes most often have different sizes, thus we cannot directly use the horizontal collaborative fuzzy clustering algorithm. Taking into account the collaborative mechanism of the horizontal collaborative fuzzy clustering algorithm, this paper here presents a novel method for extending the partition matrixes to have same sizes. This method can make the partition knowledge be effectively transmitted and thus assume the good final clustering results. Experiments showed the effectiveness of the proposed method.


Horizontal collaborative fuzzy clustering Unequal-length time series Knowledge transmission Partition matrix 



This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11571001, No. 11701338), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province (ZR2016AP12), and a Project of Shandong Province Higher Educational Science and Technology Program (J17KB124).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mathematical Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Laboratory of Mathematics and Complex Systems, Ministry of EducationBeijingChina

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