"K-Means clustering"

User13User13 Member Posts: 155  Guru
edited May 2019 in Help
Hello Everyone,

I wanted to ask what is the best distance measure to use when we have a mix of numeric and categorical attributes?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank You


  • User13User13 Member Posts: 155  Guru

    this answer to this question depends on the type of data you want to use. Let's assume you go for the mixed measure. In this case the distance between nominal values is set to 0 for equal strings and set to 1 for all other combinations. For numerical values euclidean distance is computed. Please note that you should always normalize and select proper attributes first. This ensure that all numbers share the same scale and id-like attributes are removed. If you want to choose a numerical measure you need to transform nominal values to numerical ones first. The method of choice for this is highly depended on the attribute's content.

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