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Clustering Biological Data Using Enhanced k-Means Algorithm

  • K. A. Abdul NazeerEmail author
  • M. P. Sebastian
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 60)

Abstract

With the advent of modern scientific methods for data collection, huge volumes of biological data are now getting accumulated at various data banks. The enormity of such data and the complexity of biological networks greatly increase the challenges of understanding and interpreting the underlying data. Effective and efficient Data Mining techniques are essential to unearth useful information from them. A first step towards addressing this challenge is the use of clustering techniques, which helps to recognize natural groupings and interesting patterns in the data-set under consideration. The classical k-means clustering algorithm is widely used for many practical applications. But it is computationally expensive and the accuracy of the final clusters is not guaranteed always. This paper proposes a heuristic method for improving the accuracy and efficiency of the k-means clustering algorithm. The modified algorithm is then applied for clustering biological data, the results of which are promising.

Keywords

Data mining clustering k-means algorithm 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Engineering National Institute of Technology CalicutKozhikodeIndia

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