07-27-2016 10:01 AM
The HP Cluster node by default uses the Aligned Box Criterion method to pick the best K (number of clusters). But you can override this by choosing Number of Clusters: User Specify in node properties, then use the Segment Profiler node to characterize solutions with different Ks.
Also keep in mind that the HP Cluster node uses only interval inputs, ignoring any nominal/binary inputs. So, depending on your dataset, some of the information that could potentially help separate observations into clusters might be ignored. One way to deal with this is to binary-encode nominal inputs that you want to use in clustering.
07-27-2016 10:41 AM
Hi ryall! thanks for your answers. I used the default options in Cluster node, the result it's a ward clustering with abouth 10 clusters and also it has a giant cluster... I used the CCC plot to identify a possible optimal number of cllusters, with the graph I identified between 4 or 5 clusters. That's why I used a 4 and 5 k-means clustering, but the result it's almost the same with one cluster taking almost all the registers. I only have 2 intervals variables: total amount and number of operations. Any other idea? I found that sometimes use replacement and filter node could help.
07-27-2016 11:04 AM
Hi. If you only have two clustering inputs, the first thing I would do is plot them as a scatterplot. Do you see distinct clusters in the 2 dimensions or is it basically one big blob?
07-27-2016 12:05 PM - edited 07-27-2016 12:08 PM
Yes, I ran a scatterplot and I could see about 3-4 groups, but, I just ran a density graph because I think the scatterplot could be a little tricky. The groups that I saw don't have son many observations as I thought... =(
Please, could you check the attached images and give me your opinion please?
Edit.PS. Do you know about Range standarization? When is a good idea to use it?
07-27-2016 03:17 PM
K-means tends to work best with well-separated spherical (or in your case, circular) groups. I'm not seeing that in your plots.
It might help to know a bit more about how you plan to use the clusters. Are you trying to characterize a sample of observations? Derive an input for a predictive model?
07-27-2016 03:43 PM
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