ERIC Number: EJ789912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Selection of Variables in Cluster Analysis: An Empirical Comparison of Eight Procedures
Steinley, Douglas; Brusco, Michael J.
Psychometrika, v73 n1 p125-144 Mar 2008
Eight different variable selection techniques for model-based and non-model-based clustering are evaluated across a wide range of cluster structures. It is shown that several methods have difficulties when non-informative variables (i.e., random noise) are included in the model. Furthermore, the distribution of the random noise greatly impacts the performance of nearly all of the variable selection procedures. Overall, a variable selection technique based on a variance-to-range weighting procedure coupled with the largest decreases in within-cluster sums of squares error performed the best. On the other hand, variable selection methods used in conjunction with finite mixture models performed the worst.
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