A Generalized Sorting Strategy for Computer Classifications

  title={A Generalized Sorting Strategy for Computer Classifications},
  author={G. N. Lance and W. T. Williams},
AGGLOMERATIVE hierarchical methods of computer classification all begin by calculating distance-measures between elements. The hierarchy is then generated by subjecting these measures to a sorting-strategy, which depends essentially on the definition of a distance-measure between groups of elements. In nearest-neighbour sorting, this is defined as the distance between the closest pair of elements, one in each group. Macnaughton-Smith has pointed out that much more intense clustering can be… CONTINUE READING
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