Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Mathematics and Statistics
Custering, directional distributions, expectation maximization, mixtures, variable selection, von Mises-Fisher
Mixtures of von Mises-Fisher distributions have been shown to be an effective model for clustering data on a unit hypersphere, but variable selection for these models remains an important and challenging problem. In this paper, we derive two variants of the expectation-maximization framework, which are each used to identify a specific type of irrelevant variables for these models. The first type are noise variables, which are not useful for separating any pairs of clusters. The second type are redundant variables, which may be useful for separating pairs of clusters, but do not enable any additional separation beyond the separability provided by some other variables. Removing these irrelevant variables is shown to improve cluster quality in simulated as well as benchmark datasets.
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South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Bayer, Damon, "Variable Selection Techniques for Clustering on the Unit Hypersphere" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2652.