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Question about SSE for DBSCAN in WEKA and RapidMiner

IngoRMIngoRM Administrator, Moderator, Employee, RapidMiner Certified Analyst, RapidMiner Certified Expert, Community Manager, RMResearcher, Member, University Professor Posts: 1,750  RM Founder
edited November 2018 in Help
Original message from SourceForge forum at http://sourceforge.net/forum/forum.php?thread_id=2043261&;forum_id=390413

I have a question about DBSCAN clustering algorithm in RapidMiner.What does whole procedure look like? My answer is: ExcelExampleSource => DBScanClustering => ItemDistributionEvaluator(Sum of Squares), I can not get right answer from it, howerver, when I use WEKA,the answer is perfect(under same parameters).


Answer by Ingo Mierswa:

Hello,

first things is, that I am not sure if something like the ItemDistributionEvaluator is available at all in Weka? Isn't a density based evaluation more appropriate?

Second thing is, that Weka performs some preprocessing before DBScan (at least normalization and missing values handling) which must be added before the RapidMiner operator for DBScan to get similar results. Although this seems to be more work for the analyst, he or she can at least exactly control the preprocessing and the way it is performed.

Third thing is, that there seems to be a bug in the Weka DBScan algorithm (please refer to https://list.scms.waikato.ac.nz/pipermail/wekalist/2007-July/010784.html ) and maybe this explains the differences for you, too.

Hope that helps to get some insight into the possible reasons for the difference.

Cheers,
Ingo
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