Using instance-level constraints in agglomerative hierarchical clustering: theoretical and empirical results

@article{Davidson2008UsingIC,
  title={Using instance-level constraints in agglomerative hierarchical clustering: theoretical and empirical results},
  author={Ian Davidson and S. S. Ravi},
  journal={Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery},
  year={2008},
  volume={18},
  pages={257-282}
}
Clustering with constraints is a powerful method that allows users to specify background knowledge and the expected cluster properties. Significant work has explored the incorporation of instance-level constraints into non-hierarchical clustering but not into hierarchical clustering algorithms. In this paper we present a formal complexity analysis of the problem and show that constraints can be used to not only improve the quality of the resultant dendrogram but also the efficiency of the… CONTINUE READING
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