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From "Dan Filimon (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (MAHOUT-1162) Adding BallKMeans and StreamingKMeans classes
Date Tue, 12 Mar 2013 16:59:13 GMT
Dan Filimon created MAHOUT-1162:

             Summary: Adding BallKMeans and StreamingKMeans classes
                 Key: MAHOUT-1162
             Project: Mahout
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: Clustering
    Affects Versions: 0.8
            Reporter: Dan Filimon

Adding BallKMeans and StreamingKMeans clustering algorithms.
These both implement Iterable<Centroid> and thus return the resulting centroids after

BallKMeans implements:
- kmeans++ initialization;
- a normal k-means pass;
- a trimming threshold so that points that are too far from the cluster they were assigned
to are not used in the new centroid computation.

StreamingKMeans implements []:
- an online clustering algorithm that takes each point into account one by one
  - for each point, it computes the distance to the nearest existing cluster
  - if the distance is greater than a set distanceCutoff, it will create a new cluster, otherwise
it might be added to the cluster it's closest to (proportional to the value of the distance
/ distanceCutoff)
  - if there are too many clusters, the clusters will be *collapsed* (the same method gets
called, but the number of clusters is re-adjusted)
- finally, *about as many* clusters as requested are returned (not precise!); this represents
a sketch of the original points.

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