Initial Mode Decision Method for Clustering in Categorical Data

  • Published : 2007.04.30


The k-means algorithm is well known for its efficiency in clustering large data sets. However, working only on numeric values prohibits it from being used to cluster real world data containing categorical values. The k-modes algorithm is to extend the k-means paradigm to categorical domains. The algorithm requires a pre-setting or random selection of initial points (modes) of the clusters. This paper improved the problem of k-modes algorithm, using the Max-Min method that is a kind of methods to decide initial values in k-means algorithm. we introduce new similarity measures to deal with using the categorical data for clustering. We show that the mushroom data sets and soybean data sets tested with the proposed algorithm has shown a good performance for the two aspects(accuracy, run time).