Ensemble-driven support vector clustering: From ensemble learning to automatic parameter estimation [article]

Dong Huang, Chang-Dong Wang, Jian-Huang Lai, Yun Liang, Shan Bian, Yu Chen
2016 arXiv   pre-print
Support vector clustering (SVC) is a versatile clustering technique that is able to identify clusters of arbitrary shapes by exploiting the kernel trick. However, one hurdle that restricts the application of SVC lies in its sensitivity to the kernel parameter and the trade-off parameter. Although many extensions of SVC have been developed, to the best of our knowledge, there is still no algorithm that is able to effectively estimate the two crucial parameters in SVC without supervision. In this
more » ... paper, we propose a novel support vector clustering approach termed ensemble-driven support vector clustering (EDSVC), which for the first time tackles the automatic parameter estimation problem for SVC based on ensemble learning, and is capable of producing robust clustering results in a purely unsupervised manner. Experimental results on multiple real-world datasets demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.
arXiv:1608.01198v2 fatcat:c4zytmagrjfrfhxfxb5xwcbcdi