Flocking based approach for data clustering

Research paper by Abbas Ahmadi, Fakhri Karray, Mohamed S. Kamel

Indexed on: 24 Dec '09Published on: 24 Dec '09Published in: Natural computing


Data clustering is a process of extracting similar groups of the underlying data whose labels are hidden. This paper describes different approaches for solving data clustering problem. Particle swarm optimization (PSO) has been recently used to address clustering task. An overview of PSO-based clustering approaches is presented in this paper. These approaches mimic the behavior of biological swarms seeking food located in different places. Best locations for finding food are in dense areas and in regions far enough from others. PSO-based clustering approaches are evaluated using different data sets. Experimental results indicate that these approaches outperform K-means, K-harmonic means, and fuzzy c-means clustering algorithms.