[Rd] k means
Bill.Venables at csiro.au
Bill.Venables at csiro.au
Tue May 13 01:12:46 CEST 2008
I would not support an extension of kmeans to do this. I think it is
best left simple and fast as it now is.
I can think of three ways you might handle your problem
1. Use, for example, pam() in the cluster package, which does a similar
job to kmeans (not quite the same, of course) with a general distance
measure.
2. If you are working with a non-standard metric and you really want to
use the k-means algorithm, then perhaps one way to do so is to use an
approximate euclidean coordinatisatin for the points with a
multidimensional scaling first and then use kmeans. (e.g. cmdscale,
isoMDS, sammon, ...) I've no idea what the traps are with this
approach, but it seems kind of feasible.
3. If the algorithms are there and available as you say, write the code
yourself and contribute it to the R-project as a simple package.
Everyone will benefit.
Bill Venables
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Subject: [Rd] k means
Hi the devel list,
I am using K means with a non standard distance. As far as I see, the
function kmeans is able to deal with 4 differents algorithm, but not
with a user define distance.
In addition, kmeans is not able to deal with missing value whereas
there is several solution that k-means can use to deal with them ; one
is using a distance that takes the missing value in account, like a
distance with Gower adjustement (which is the regular distance dist()
used in R).
So is it possible to adapt kmeans to let the user gives an argument
'distance to use'?
Christophe
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