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2002 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, 2002. Proceedings. (2002)
Maebashi City, Japan
Dec. 9, 2002 to Dec. 12, 2002
ISBN: 0-7695-1754-4
pp: 115
Manoranjan Dash , Northwestern University
Kiseok Choi , Northwestern University
Peter Scheuermann , Northwestern University
Huan Liu , Arizona State University
Processing applications with a large number of dimensions has been a challenge to the KDD community. Feature selection, an effective dimensionality reduction technique, is an essential pre-processing method to remove noisy features. In the literature there are only a few methods proposed for feature selection for clustering. And, almost all of those methods are ?wrapper? techniques that require a clustering algorithm to evaluate the candidate feature subsets. The wrapper approach is largely unsuitable in real-world applications due to its heavy reliance on clustering algorithms that require parameters such as number of clusters, and due to lack of suitable clustering criteria to evaluate clustering in different subspaces. In this paper we propose a ?filter? method that is independent of any clustering algorithm. The proposed method is based on the observation that data with clusters has very different point-to-point distance histogram than that of data without clusters. Using this we propose an entropy measure that is low if data has distinct clusters and high otherwise. The entropy measure is suitable for selecting the most important subset of features because it is invariant with number of dimensions, and is affected only by the quality of clustering. Extensive performance evaluation over synthetic, benchmark, and real datasets shows its effectiveness.

H. Liu, P. Scheuermann, M. Dash and K. Choi, "Feature Selection for Clustering - A Filter Solution," 2002 IEEE International Conference on Data Mining, 2002. Proceedings.(ICDM), Maebashi City, Japan, 2002, pp. 115.
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