On constructing an optimal consensus clustering from multiple clusterings

Piotr Berman, Bhaskar DasGupta, Ming Yang Kao, Jie Wang

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    Computing a suitable measure of consensus among several clusterings on the same data is an important problem that arises in several areas such as computational biology and data mining. In this paper, we formalize a set-theoretic model for computing such a similarity measure. Roughly speaking, in this model we have k > 1 partitions (clusters) of the same data set each containing the same number of sets and the goal is to align the sets in each partition to minimize a similarity measure. For k = 2, a polynomial-time solution was proposed by Gusfield (Information Processing Letters 82 (2002) 159-164). In this paper, we show that the problem is MAX-SNP-hard for k = 3 even if each partition in each cluster contains no more than 2 elements and provide a 2 - frac(2, k)-approximation algorithm for the problem for any k.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)137-145
    Number of pages9
    JournalInformation Processing Letters
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Nov 15 2007

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Signal Processing
    • Information Systems
    • Computer Science Applications


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