Asked by Alvi Syahrin
on 5 May 2013

I'm working with k-means in matlab. Here is my code:

load cobat.txt; % read the file

k=input('Enter a number: '); % determine the number of cluster isRand=0; % 0 -> sequeantial initialization % 1 -> random initialization

[maxRow, maxCol]=size(cobat); if maxRow<=k, y=[m, 1:maxRow]; else % initial value of centroid if isRand, p = randperm(size(cobat,1)); % random initialization for i=1:k c(i,:)=cobat(p(i),:) ; end else for i=1:k c(i,:)=cobat(i,:); % sequential initialization end end

temp=zeros(maxRow,1); % initialize as zero vector u=0; while 1, d=DistMatrix3(cobat,c); % calculate the distance [z,g]=min(d,[],2); % set the matrix g group

if g==temp, % if the iteration doesn't change anymore break; % stop the iteration else temp=g; % copy the matrix to the temporary variable end for i=1:k f=find(g==i); if f % calculate the new centroid c(i,:)=mean(cobat(find(g==i),:),1) end end c sort(c) end y=[cobat,g]

"cobat" is the file of mine. Here it looks:

65 80 55 45 75 78 36 67 66 65 78 88 79 80 72 77 85 65 76 77 79 65 67 88 85 76 88 56 76 65

"c" is the variable of centroid (the central of the cluster) per each cluster. "g" is the variable to show the cluster number. The problem is, I want to sort/fit the cluster number (small to big) based on the centroid (c). So, I try to sort(c), but it doesn't affect to the cluster number (g).

When I try to sort(g), it's sorted just not like what I want. I want the cluster number is sorted based on the centroid. Example; when I run the code with k=3, here is the final centroid

73.0000 79.0000 70.6667 %C 1 58.3333 73.3333 84.6667 %C 2 36.0000 67.0000 66.0000 %C 3

When I sort it, the number cluster is also "sorted",

36.0000 67.0000 66.0000 %C 3 58.3333 73.3333 70.6667 %C 2 73.0000 79.0000 84.6667 %C 1

I want it the number cluster is fit, like this.

36.0000 67.0000 66.0000 %C 1 58.3333 73.3333 70.6667 %C 2 73.0000 79.0000 84.6667 %C 3

This seems easy, but tricky. I couldn't figure out. Anyone have any idea to solve it?

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Answer by the cyclist
on 5 May 2013

It sounds like you just need the sortrows() function.

Alvi Syahrin
on 6 May 2013

Thank you for the answer. Where do I put that script? I have tried sortrows(c) or sortrows (g) or both, but it's just sorted not like what I want. I want the cluster number (g) is fit to the position of the cluster central (c). And when y=[cobat,g] is run, it doesn't have to be sorted. I just want the cluster number is sorted based on the position of the cluster central (c). You have any idea? ^_^

Tom Lane
on 7 May 2013

Although I may not be following the question, type "help sortrows" and look at the second output. If you need to change the order of another array to match the sorted order, this second output may help.

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