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From "Gilles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (MATH-547) KMeansPlusPlusClusterer should not call equals()
Date Mon, 04 Apr 2011 10:59:05 GMT

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Gilles commented on MATH-547:
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I'm not familiar with the code; so please go ahead with the changes if they are satisfactory
to you.


> KMeansPlusPlusClusterer should not call equals()
> ------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: MATH-547
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/MATH-547
>             Project: Commons Math
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>    Affects Versions: 3.0
>            Reporter: Nate Paymer
>            Priority: Minor
>         Attachments: MATH-547.patch
>
>
> In determining whether the clusters have changed between iterations, the KMeansPlusPlusClusterer
currently calls equals to determine whether the cluster centers have changed.  It would be
better to avoid relying on equals by instead checking whether any points have moved between
clusters.
> equals can be problematic because floating point operations are not strictly commutative
or associative, so getCentroid may return slightly different values even when called with
the same set of inputs.  Additionally, the client may choose not to override equals at all,
since it's not clear that it's required.

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