The Kohonen Self-Organizing Map Method: An Assessment

F. Murtagh, M. Hernández-Pajares

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The "self-organizing map" method, due to Kohonen, is a well-known neural network method. It is closely related to cluster analysis (partitioning) and other methods of data analysis. In this article, we explore some of these close relationships. A number of properties of the technique are discussed. Comparisons with various methods of data analysis (principal components analysis, k-means clustering, and others) are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-190
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Classification
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes


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