HSC: A spectral clustering algorithm combined with hierarchical method

Li LIU, Xiwei CHEN, Dashi LUO, Yonggang LU, Guandong XU, Ming LIU

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Most of the traditional clustering algorithms are poor for clustering more complex structures other than the convex spherical sample space. In the past few years, several spectral clustering algorithms were proposed to cluster arbitrarily shaped data in various real applications. However, spectral clustering relies on the dataset where each cluster is approximately well separated to a certain extent. In the case that the cluster has an obvious inflection point within a non-convex space, the spectral clustering algorithm would mistakenly recognize one cluster to be different clusters. In this paper, we propose a novel spectral clustering algorithm called HSC combined with hierarchical method, which obviates the disadvantage of the spectral clustering by not using the misleading information of the noisy neighboring data points. The simple clustering procedure is applied to eliminate the misleading information, and thus the HSC algorithm could cluster both convex shaped data and arbitrarily shaped data more efficiently and accurately. The experiments on both synthetic data sets and real data sets show that HSC outperforms other popular clustering algorithms. Furthermore, we observed that HSC can also be used for the estimation of the number of clusters. Copyright © 2013 CTU FTS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)499-521
JournalNeural Network World
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Liu, L., Chen, X., Luo, D., Lu, Y., Xu, G., & Liu, M. (2013). HSC: A spectral clustering algorithm combined with hierarchical method. Neural Network World, 23(6), 499-521. http://doi.org/10.14311/NNW.2013.23.031


  • Data mining
  • Clustering
  • Spectral clustering
  • Hierarchical clustering


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