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30 Sep 2010 (Updated )

K-medoids clustering algorithm

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Efficient implementation of K-medoids clustering methods.

It is usually more robust than kmeans algorithm.

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Input data are assumed COLUMN vectors!
You can only visualize 2d data!


This file inspired Parallel Coordinate Plots Gui Toolbox.

MATLAB release MATLAB 8.2 (R2013b)
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26 Jun 2015 Mark Ebden

Thanks for this code, but for some datasets it's hypersensitive to rounding errors: occasionally the slightly nonzero entries along D's diagonal lead to results that are surprisingly far from correct (eg the chance that given medoids are chosen increases or decreases). I can email code to demonstrate if needed.

The problem is fixed by adding a for-loop after D is defined:

for i=1:n,
D(i,i) = 0;

To confirm that this yields 'correct' results, I perturbed one of the problematic datasets by a tiny amount and compared medoids before-and-after.

Hope that helps.

19 May 2014 Eelke Spaak

Even though the code is lightning fast, the solution is not the proper one, hence this code is useless. See for example output of k = 6 for a naive (and very slow) implementation of the algorithm, and this submission. Obviously the naive is correct, this submission is incorrect.

Nonetheless thanks for the effort! It would be great if you could produce correct code that is still as fast.

02 May 2014 Yuanjun Xiong  
05 Apr 2014 kalarmago  
05 Apr 2014 kalarmago

I tested calling to kmedoids() function, it always returns
label = 2 1
energy = 0
index = 2 1
I believe it does not work. Thanks anyway.

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03 Apr 2014 SU Li

SU Li (view profile)

Nice code. Very helpful. However, if the number of input data is large, then the D matrix is too large (n^2) which may make memory overflow.

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03 Apr 2014 Joao Henriques

Simple and elegant code, thanks!

23 Dec 2013 Tong

Tong (view profile)

If I want to use the cosine distance between two vectors, What shold I do?

26 Nov 2013 MUSA

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08 Oct 2013 kannan

kannan (view profile)

if i want to apply kmedoids agorithm for X data in function [label, energy, index] = kmedoids(X,k) 3599*11 size data then it is not working properly can anybody of you give idea for this?

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27 Aug 2013 Nejc Ilc

Very compact and efficient coding. Nice job!
However, there is an error when k=1. I suggest to add the third parameter (dimension) to the calls of function min:
(Line 8): [~, label] = min(D(randsample(n,k),:),[],1);
(Line 11): [~, label] = [~, index] = min(D*sparse(1:n,label,1,n,k,n),[],1);

13 Dec 2012 Tu

Tu (view profile)

Not working for my data as well.
My data was of the dimension 17-by-71.
wanted to find 4 or 6 clusters.
and spread did not work.

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24 May 2012 Graeme

Graeme (view profile)

Undefined function 'randsample' for input arguments of type 'double'.

Error in kmedoids (line 8)
[~, label] = min(D(randsample(n,k),:));

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09 Apr 2012 huang

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20 Mar 2012 Mo Chen

Mo Chen (view profile)

better post your error message

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18 Mar 2012 Dinusha Rathnayaka

Dear Sir Pls help!!! My Matlab version is Matlab7.6.0..Is this the reason?
Pls reply when you free!!!

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18 Mar 2012 Dinusha Rathnayaka

SIMPLY NOT working.
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04 Feb 2012 1.1

significantly simplify the code

15 Feb 2012 1.2

correct description

17 Oct 2013 1.3

fix bug for k=1

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