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A Fast Deterministic Kmeans Initialization

Omar Kettani, Faical Ramdani. Published in Information Sciences

International Journal of Applied Information Systems
Year of Publication: 2017
Publisher: Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
Authors: Omar Kettani, Faical Ramdani
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  1. Omar Kettani and Faical Ramdani. A Fast Deterministic Kmeans Initialization. International Journal of Applied Information Systems 12(2):6-11, May 2017. URL, DOI BibTeX

    	author = "Omar Kettani and Faical Ramdani",
    	title = "A Fast Deterministic Kmeans Initialization",
    	journal = "International Journal of Applied Information Systems",
    	issue_date = "May 2017",
    	volume = 12,
    	number = 2,
    	month = "May",
    	year = 2017,
    	issn = "2249-0868",
    	pages = "6-11",
    	url = "",
    	doi = "10.5120/ijais2017451683",
    	publisher = "Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA",
    	address = "New York, USA"


The k-means algorithm remains one of the most widely used clustering methods, in spite of its sensitivity to the initial settings. This paper explores a simple, computationally low, deterministic method which provides k-means with initial seeds to cluster a given data set. It is simply based on computing the means of k samples with equal parts taken from the given data set. We test and compare this method to the related well know kkz initialization algorithm for k-means, using both simulated and real data, and find it to be more efficient in many cases.


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