Clustering data through an analogy to the Potts model

@inproceedings{Blatt1995ClusteringDT,
  title={Clustering data through an analogy to the Potts model},
  author={Marcelo Blatt and Shai Wiseman and Eytan Domany},
  booktitle={NIPS},
  year={1995}
}
A new approach for clustering is proposed. This method is based on an analogy to a physical model; the ferromagnetic Potts model at thermal equilibrium is used as an analog computer for this hard optimization problem. We do not assume any structure of the underlying distribution of the data. Phase space of the Potts model is divided into three regions; ferromagnetic, super-paramagnetic and paramagnetic phases. The region of interest is that corresponding to the super-paramagnetic one, where… CONTINUE READING
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