coef.hclust

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Agglomerative / Divisive Coefficient for 'hclust' Objects

Computes the “agglomerative coefficient” (aka “divisive coefficient” for diana), measuring the clustering structure of the dataset.

For each observation i, denote by \(m(i)\) its dissimilarity to the first cluster it is merged with, divided by the dissimilarity of the merger in the final step of the algorithm. The agglomerative coefficient is the average of all \(1 - m(i)\). It can also be seen as the average width (or the percentage filled) of the banner plot.

coefHier() directly interfaces to the underlying C code, and “proves” that only object$heights is needed to compute the coefficient.

Because it grows with the number of observations, this measure should not be used to compare datasets of very different sizes.

Keywords
cluster
Usage
coefHier(object)
coef.hclust(object, …)
# S3 method for hclust
coef(object, …)
# S3 method for twins
coef(object, …)
Arguments
object

an object of class "hclust" or "twins", i.e., typically the result of hclust(.),agnes(.), or diana(.).

Since coef.hclust only uses object$heights, and object$merge, object can be any list-like object with appropriate merge and heights components.

For coefHier, even only object$heights is needed.

currently unused potential further arguments

Value

a number specifying the agglomerative (or divisive for diana objects) coefficient as defined by Kaufman and Rousseeuw, see agnes.object $ ac or diana.object $ dc.

Aliases
  • coefHier
  • coef.hclust
  • coef.twins
Examples
# NOT RUN {
data(agriculture)
aa <- agnes(agriculture)
coef(aa) # really just extracts aa$ac
coef(as.hclust(aa))# recomputes
coefHier(aa)       # ditto
# }
Documentation reproduced from package cluster, version 2.0.7-1, License: GPL (>= 2)

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