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## Can categorical variables be used in clustering?

It is basically a collection of objects based on similarity and dissimilarity between them. KModes clustering is one of the unsupervised Machine Learning algorithms that is used to cluster categorical variables.

## Can k-means be used for categorization of text data?

K-means is classical algorithm for data clustering in text mining, but it is seldom used for feature selection. For text data, the words that can express correct semantic in a class are usually good features.

**What is categorical clustering in data mining?**

Data clustering is informally defined as the problem of partitioning a set of objects into groups, such that the objects in the same group are similar, while the objects in different groups are dissimilar. Categorical data clustering refers to the case where the data objects are defined over categorical attributes.

**What are different types of data variables used in cluster analysis?**

symmetric binary, asymmetric binary, nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio. And those combinedly called as mixed-type variables.

### Does Kmeans work well on categorical data?

The k-Means algorithm is not applicable to categorical data, as categorical variables are discrete and do not have any natural origin. So computing euclidean distance for such as space is not meaningful.

### Which of the following is not required by k-means clustering?

Explanation: k-nearest neighbor has nothing to do with k-means.

**On what basis does k-means clustering define clusters?**

k-means clustering is a method of vector quantization, originally from signal processing, that aims to partition n observations into k clusters in which each observation belongs to the cluster with the nearest mean (cluster centers or cluster centroid), serving as a prototype of the cluster.

**Can you use binary variables in cluster analysis?**

Yes, you can use binary/dichotomous variables as the replications dimension for clustering cases.

#### What type of data is used for clustering?

Classification vs Clustering Classification is used with labeled data and is geared towards supervised learning, while clustering is used with unlabeled data, and geared towards unsupervised learning.

#### Why K means clustering may not be able to produce better cluster?

Kmeans assumes spherical shapes of clusters (with radius equal to the distance between the centroid and the furthest data point) and doesn’t work well when clusters are in different shapes such as elliptical clusters.

**Which of the following parameters are required by k-means clustering?**

Which of the following function is used for k-means clustering? Explanation: K-means requires a number of clusters.

**What is the minimum number of variables required to perform clustering?**

3Solution: (B)At least a single variable is required to perform clustering analysis. Clustering analysis with asingle variable can be visualized with the help of a histogram.

## Is k-means clustering supervised or unsupervised?

unsupervised learning algorithm

K-Means clustering is an unsupervised learning algorithm. There is no labeled data for this clustering, unlike in supervised learning. K-Means performs the division of objects into clusters that share similarities and are dissimilar to the objects belonging to another cluster.

## What are labels in K-means?

Each instance is assigned to one of the five clusters. It receives a label as the index of the cluster it gets assigned to. We can easily do this for new data too, by seeing which centroid any new data point is closest to.

**Can K means be used for non-numeric data?**

It is text data and I learned that K means can not handle Non-Numerical data.

**What is the best clustering algorithm for categorical data?**

The clustering algorithm commonly used in clustering techniques and efficiently used for large data is k-Means. But, it only works for the numerical data. Itâ€™s actually not suitable for the data that contains the categorical data type.

### How to deal with categorical data in clustering in R?

In my opinion, there are solutions to deal with categorical data in clustering. R comes with a specific distance for categorical data. This distance is called Gower and it works pretty well. The choice of k-modes is definitely the way to go for stability of the clustering algorithm used.

### What are the disadvantages of k-means clustering?

You have a high chance that the clustering algorithms ends up discovering the discreteness of your data, instead of a sensible structure. Categorical variables are worse. K-means can’t handle them at all; a popular hack is to turn them into multiple binary variables (male, female).

**Is there a k-means equivalent for categorical data?**

There’s a variation of k-means known as k-modes, introduced in this paper by Zhexue Huang, which is suitable for categorical data. Note that the solutions you get are sensitive to initial conditions, as discussed here (PDF), for instance.