Kernel conditional clustering and kernel conditional semi-supervised learning
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The results of clustering are often affected by covariates that are independent of the clusters one would like to discover. Traditionally, alternative clustering algorithms can be used to solve such clustering problems. However, these suffer from at least one of the following problems: (1) Continuous covariates or nonlinearly separable clusters cannot be handled; (2) assumptions are made about the distribution of the data; (3) one or more hyper-parameters need to be set. The presence of covariates also has an effect in a different type of problem such as semi-supervised learning. To the best of our knowledge, there is no existing method addressing the semi-supervised learning setting in the presence of covariates. Here we propose two novel algorithms, named kernel conditional clustering (KCC) and kernel conditional semi-supervised learning (KCSSL), whose objectives are derived from a kernel-based conditional dependence measure. KCC is parameter-light and makes no assumptions about the cluster structure, the covariates, or the distribution of the data, while KCSSL is fully parameter-free. On both simulated and real-world datasets, the proposed KCC and KCSSL algorithms perform better than state-of-the-art methods. The former detects the ground truth cluster structures more accurately, and the latter makes more accurate predictions. Show more
Journal / seriesKnowledge and information systems
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SubjectConditional clustering; Conditional semi-supervised learning; Conditional dependence measure; Alternative clustering; Label propagation
Organisational unit09486 - Borgwardt, Karsten M. / Borgwardt, Karsten M.
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