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What is the purpose of choosing a value 'k' in k-Means clustering?

To decide how many clusters to form from the data

What is the objective function used to measure the quality of clusters in k-Means clustering?

In k-Means clustering, objects are assigned to the cluster with the nearest ______.

centroid

The k-Means algorithm will always find the best set of clusters.

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What is the distance of the first point (6.8, 12.6) from the first centroid (3.8, 9.9)?

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What is the purpose of the column headed 'cluster' in the table?

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What is the next step after the initial clusters are formed?

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What do the small circles in Figure 6 represent?

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How many clusters are there in the initial clustering assignment?

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What is the value of d1 for the point (6.8, 12.6)?

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What is the purpose of calculating the distance between a point and a centroid?

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What is the value of y for the centroid (3.8, 9.9)?

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What is the purpose of selecting initial centroids in k-means clustering?

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What is the unit of measurement for the distances shown in Figure 5?

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How many clusters will the k-means algorithm partition the 16 objects into?

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What is the purpose of calculating the Euclidean distance between each object and the centroids?

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What is the meaning of the points surrounded by small circles in Figure 3?

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What information is provided by the columns headed d1, d2, and d3 in Figure 5?

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Why are the points shown diagrammatically in Figure 3?

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What is the purpose of the iterative process in the k-means algorithm?

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What is the condition to stop the k-means algorithm?

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What is the problem with the initial selection of centroids?

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Why is it difficult to determine the best value of k?

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What can be done to overcome the limitation of the initial selection of centroids?

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What is the purpose of running the k-means algorithm several times?

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What is a possible way to determine the best value of k?

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What is the drawback of the k-means algorithm?

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What is the advantage of running the k-means algorithm several times?

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What type of clustering algorithm is k-means clustering?

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What is the primary goal of the k-means clustering algorithm?

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How are the initial k centroids selected in the k-means clustering algorithm?

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What happens to the centroids after the initial assignment of objects in the k-means clustering algorithm?

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What is the stopping criterion for the k-means clustering algorithm?

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What is a characteristic of the k-means clustering algorithm?

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What is the role of the value of k in the k-means clustering algorithm?

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How are objects assigned to clusters in the k-means clustering algorithm?

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What is the primary reason for not choosing a value of k equal to the number of objects in k-Means clustering?

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According to the given data, what is the value of the objective function for k = 2?

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What is the likely reason for choosing k = 3 as the best value?

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What can be inferred from the graph about the objective function value for k > 7?

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Why is k = 3 a better choice than k = 4?

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What is the main goal of choosing a value of k in k-Means clustering?

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## Study Notes

### K-Means Clustering Algorithm

- K-means clustering is an exclusive clustering algorithm where each object is assigned to precisely one of a set of clusters.
- The value of k (number of clusters) is generally a small integer, such as 2, 3, 4, or 5, but may be larger.

### Steps of the K-Means Algorithm

- Choose a value of k (number of clusters).
- Select k objects in an arbitrary fashion, using these as the initial set of k centroids.
- Assign each of the objects to the cluster with the nearest centroid.
- Recalculate the centroids of the k clusters.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the centroids no longer move.

### Example of K-Means Clustering

- The algorithm is illustrated using a dataset of 16 objects with two attributes x and y.
- The initial centroids are chosen arbitrarily, and the objects are assigned to the closest centroid.
- The centroids are recalculated, and the process is repeated until convergence.

### Limitations of the K-Means Algorithm

- The initial selection of centroids can significantly affect the result.
- There is no principled way to know what the value of k ought to be.
- The algorithm may not necessarily find the best set of clusters, corresponding to minimising the value of the objective function.

### Choosing the Best Value of k

- The value of k can be chosen pragmatically by experimenting with different values and choosing the set of clusters with the smallest value of the objective function.
- The value of the objective function decreases as k increases, but it may level off or decrease slowly after a certain point.
- A small number of clusters is generally preferred.

### k-Means Clustering Algorithm

- k-Means clustering is an exclusive clustering algorithm, where each object is assigned to precisely one of a set of clusters.
- The algorithm starts by deciding on the number of clusters (k) to be formed from the data, which is usually a small integer (2, 3, 4, or 5).
- The quality of the clusters is measured using the sum of the squares of the distances of each point from the centroid of the cluster to which it is assigned.

### Initial Clustering

- The algorithm starts by selecting k initial points (centroids) which are treated as the centroids of k potential clusters.
- These points are selected arbitrarily, but it is recommended to choose points that are fairly far apart.
- Each object is then assigned to the cluster with the nearest centroid.

### Iterative Process

- The centroids of the clusters are recalculated using the x and y values of the objects currently assigned to each cluster.
- The objects are then reassigned to the cluster with the nearest centroid.
- Steps 3 and 4 are repeated until the centroids no longer move.

### Example

- The algorithm is illustrated using a dataset of 16 objects with two attributes (x and y).
- The initial centroids are chosen arbitrarily, and the objects are assigned to the cluster with the nearest centroid.
- The centroids are recalculated and the objects are reassigned to the cluster with the nearest centroid.

### Finding the Best Set of Clusters

- The k-means algorithm does not necessarily find the best set of clusters, and the initial selection of centroids can significantly affect the result.
- To overcome this, the algorithm can be run several times with different initial centroids, and the set of clusters with the smallest value of the objective function is chosen.
- The value of k is often chosen pragmatically by experimenting with different values of k and choosing the set of clusters with the smallest value of the objective function.

### Choosing the Value of k

- The value of k can be chosen by experimenting with different values and observing the value of the objective function.
- The results suggest that the best value of k is probably 3, as the value of the function drops sharply after k = 3.
- The goal is to find a fairly small number of clusters, as a large number of clusters will result in each object forming its own cluster, which is not useful.

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## Description

Learn about k-means clustering, an exclusive clustering algorithm that assigns objects to a set of clusters. Decide the number of clusters to form from data and explore ways to form k clusters.