clustvarsel: A Package Implementing Variable Selection for Model-based Clustering in R [article]

Luca Scrucca, Adrian E. Raftery
2014 arXiv   pre-print
Finite mixture modelling provides a framework for cluster analysis based on parsimonious Gaussian mixture models. Variable or feature selection is of particular importance in situations where only a subset of the available variables provide clustering information. This enables the selection of a more parsimonious model, yielding more efficient estimates, a clearer interpretation and, often, improved clustering partitions. This paper describes the R package clustvarsel which performs subset
more » ... tion for model-based clustering. An improved version of the methodology of Raftery and Dean (2006) is implemented in the new version 2 of the package to find the (locally) optimal subset of variables with group/cluster information in a dataset. Search over the solution space is performed using either a stepwise greedy search or a headlong algorithm. Adjustments for speeding up these algorithms are discussed, as well as a parallel implementation of the stepwise search. Usage of the package is presented through the discussion of several data examples.
arXiv:1411.0606v1 fatcat:eqkiek3t65fcvjch6rydb5irli