A Novel Clustering Algorithm Based on Gravity and Cluster Merging

  • Jiang Zhong
  • Longhai Liu
  • Zhiguo Li
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6440)


Fuzzy C-means (FCM) clustering algorithm is commonly used in data mining tasks. It has the advantage of producing good modeling results in many cases. However, it is sensitive to outliers and the initial cluster centers. In addition, it could not get the accurate cluster number during the algorithm. To overcome the above problems, a novel FCM algorithm based on gravity and cluster merging was presented in this paper. By using gravity in this algorithm, the influence of outliers was minimized and the initial cluster centers were selected. And by using cluster merging, an appropriate number of clustering could be specified. The experimental evaluation shows that the modified method can effectively improve the clustering performance.


Fuzzy C-means Algorithm Gravity Cluster Merge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiang Zhong
    • 1
  • Longhai Liu
    • 1
  • Zhiguo Li
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Computer ScienceChongqing UniversityChongqingChina
  2. 2.Shanghai Baosight Software CorporationChongqingChina

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