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We review two clustering algorithms (hard c-means and single linkage) and three indexes of crisp cluster validity (Hubert's statistics, the Davies-Bouldin index, and Dunn's index). We illustrate two deficiencies of Dunn's index which make it overly sensitive to noisy clusters and propose several generalizations of it that are not as brittle to outliers in(More)
Many functionals have been proposed for validation of partitions of object data produced by the fuzzy c-means (FCM) clustering algorithm. We examine the role a subtle but important parameter-the weighting exponent m of the FCM model-plays in determining the validity of FCM partitions. The functionals considered are the partition coefficient and entropy(More)
—We propose a new approach for designing classifiers for a-class (2) problem using genetic programming (GP). The proposed approach takes an integrated view of all classes when the GP evolves. A multitree representation of chromosomes is used. In this context, we propose a modified crossover operation and a new mutation operation that reduces the destructive(More)
The relationship between the sequential hard c-means (SHCM) and learning vector quantization (LVQ) clustering algorithms is discussed. The impact and interaction of these two families of methods with Kohonen's self-organizing feature mapping (SOFM), which is not a clustering method but often lends ideas to clustering algorithms, are considered. A(More)
The structure classification of proteins plays a very important role in bioinformatics, since the relationships and characteristics among those known proteins can be exploited to predict the structure of new proteins. The success of a classification system depends heavily on two things: the tools being used and the features considered. For the(More)