OCEAN: A Non-Conventional Parameter Free Clustering Algorithm Using Relative Densities of Categories

Iffat Gheyas, Simon Parkinson, Saad Khan

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a fully autonomous density-based clustering algorithm named 'Ocean', which is inspired by the oceanic landscape and phenomena that occur in it. Ocean is an improvement over conventional algorithms regarding both distance metric and the clustering mechanism. Ocean defines the distance between two categories as the difference in the relative densities of categories. Unlike existing approaches, Ocean neither assigns the same distance to all pairs of categories, nor assigns arbitrary weights to matches and mismatches between categories that can lead to clustering errors. Ocean uses density ratios of adjacent regions in multidimensional space to detect the edges of the clusters. Ocean is robust against clusters of identical patterns. Unlike conventional approaches, Ocean neither makes any assumption regarding the data distribution within clusters, nor requires tuning of free parameters. Empirical evaluations demonstrate improved performance of Ocean over existing approaches.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 Aug 2020

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