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ERIC Number: EJ789057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0027-3171
A New Variable Weighting and Selection Procedure for K-Means Cluster Analysis
Steinley, Douglas; Brusco, Michael J.
Multivariate Behavioral Research, v43 n1 p77-108 Jan 2008
A variance-to-range ratio variable weighting procedure is proposed. We show how this weighting method is theoretically grounded in the inherent variability found in data exhibiting cluster structure. In addition, a variable selection procedure is proposed to operate in conjunction with the variable weighting technique. The performances of these procedures are demonstrated in a simulation study, showing favorable results when compared with existing standardization methods. A detailed demonstration of the weighting and selection procedure is provided for the well-known Fisher Iris data and several synthetic data sets. (Contains 6 figures, 9 tables, and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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