[R] Similarity matrix
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Apr 11 14:31:08 CEST 2001
On Wed, 11 Apr 2001, Kaspar Pflugshaupt wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 April 2001 10:23, Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> > I guess we have to experiment?
> Well, I've taken the time to do it for you (S-PLus 3.4/Unix):
(Unfortunately a few minutes after I had, although Frank Harrell wanted to
> According to Legendre & Legendre, the choice of similarity coefficient
> _does_ make a difference as to which conversion should be preferred. For some
> "species" of similarity coefficients, the resulting distance would be metric
> and euclidean with one method but not with the other, for others vice versa.
> I don't know if this matters for cluster analysis, but I think that it might,
> especially when clustering with an euclidean metric.
For single- and complete-link clustering only the ordering matters as far
as the clusters are concerned.
> Cheers (hoping this was to the point :-)
Thanks, it was.
Is it worth adding this to R's hclust?
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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