# Using SOM as a clustering Operator

siamak_want
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**98**Contributor II
Hi all,

Nowadays, I have found SOM network (Self-Organizing Map) very efficient for text clustering (according to several valid publications), So I'm about to use it for document clustering with RM. but suddenly I found a strange fact:

"SOM operator has been considered as a visualization operator in RM, not as a clustering operator"

Now, wthe question is that: Can I utilize the current visualization SOM algorithm for developing my own clustering SOM operartor? (I have bought the mannual and so I am familiar with extending rapidminer 5.0)

Anay idea would be greatly appreciated.

Nowadays, I have found SOM network (Self-Organizing Map) very efficient for text clustering (according to several valid publications), So I'm about to use it for document clustering with RM. but suddenly I found a strange fact:

"SOM operator has been considered as a visualization operator in RM, not as a clustering operator"

Now, wthe question is that: Can I utilize the current visualization SOM algorithm for developing my own clustering SOM operartor? (I have bought the mannual and so I am familiar with extending rapidminer 5.0)

Anay idea would be greatly appreciated.

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1,869UnicornBest, Marius

98Contributor IIThanks to your straightforward guide, but the Self-Organizing Map (which you have addressed) does not deliver a cluster model. any idea about this?

thanks

1,869Unicorn98Contributor III think you solved the problem. Now I can use the "preprocessing model", exactly as a "cluster model".

thanks again to Marius.

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