A Unifying Viewpoint of some Clustering Techniques Using Bregman Divergences and Extensions to Mixed Data Sets

DMAI 2008 11th IEEE International Conf on Comp Info Tech, Khulna, Bangladesh (December 2008)
A Unifying Viewpoint of some Clustering Techniques Using Bregman Divergences and Extensions to Mixed Data Sets
Cecile Levasseur, Brandon Burdge, Ken Kreutz-Delgado, Uwe Mayer

We present a general viewpoint using Bregman divergences and exponential family properties that contains as special cases the three following algorithms: 1) exponential family Principal Component Analysis (exponential PCA), 2) Semi-Parametric exponential family Principal Component Analysis (SP-PCA) and 3) Bregman soft clustering. This framework is equivalent to a mixed data-type hierarchical Bayes graphical model assumption with latent variables constrained to a low-dimensional parameter subspace. We show that within this framework exponential PCA and SPPCA are similar to the Bregman soft clustering technique with the addition of a linear constraint in the parameter space. We implement the resulting modifications to SP-PCA and Bregman soft clustering for mixed (continuous and/or discrete) data sets, and add a nonparametric estimation of the point-mass probabilities to exponential PCA. Finally, we compare the relative performances of the three algorithms in a clustering setting for mixed data sets.

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This is especially important when two search engines are compared by comparing their metrics. We give examples where one engine appeared to be statistically significantly better than the other, but the effect disappeared after the metrics were corrected for annotation error. In other words the evidence supporting a statistical difference was illusory, and caused by a failure to account for annotation error.