clara {cluster}  R Documentation 
Computes a "clara"
object, a list representing a clustering of
the data into k
clusters.
clara(x, k, metric = "euclidean", stand = FALSE, samples = 5, sampsize = min(n, 40 + 2 * k), trace = 0, medoids.x = TRUE, keep.data = medoids.x, rngR = FALSE)
x 
data matrix or data frame, each row corresponds to an observation, and each column corresponds to a variable. All variables must be numeric. Missing values (NAs) are allowed. 
k 
integer, the number of clusters.
It is required that 0 < k < n where n is the number of
observations (i.e., n = nrow(x) ). 
metric 
character string specifying the metric to be used for calculating dissimilarities between observations. The currently available options are "euclidean" and "manhattan". Euclidean distances are root sumofsquares of differences, and manhattan distances are the sum of absolute differences. 
stand 
logical, indicating if the measurements in x are
standardized before calculating the dissimilarities. Measurements
are standardized for each variable (column), by subtracting the
variable's mean value and dividing by the variable's mean absolute
deviation.

samples 
integer, number of samples to be drawn from the dataset. 
sampsize 
integer, number of observations in each
sample. sampsize should be higher than the number of clusters
(k ) and at most the number of observations (n = nrow(x) ). 
trace 
integer indicating a trace level for diagnostic output during the algorithm. 
medoids.x 
logical indicating if the medoids should be
returned, identically to some rows of the input data x . If
FALSE , keep.data must be false as well, and the medoid
indices, i.e., row numbers of the medoids will still be returned
(i.med component), and the algorithm saves space by needing
one copy less of x . 
keep.data 
logical indicating if the (scaled if
stand is true) data should be kept in the result.
Setting this to FALSE saves memory (and hence time), but
disables clusplot() ing of the result. Use
medoids.x = FALSE to save even more memory. 
rngR 
logical indicating if R's random number generator should
be used instead of the primitive clara()builtin one. If true, this
also means that each call to clara() returns a different result
– though only slightly different in good situations. 
clara
is fully described in chapter 3 of Kaufman and Rousseeuw (1990).
Compared to other partitioning methods such as pam
, it can deal with
much larger datasets. Internally, this is achieved by considering
subdatasets of fixed size (sampsize
) such that the time and
storage requirements become linear in n rather than quadratic.
Each subdataset is partitioned into k
clusters using the same
algorithm as in pam
.
Once k
representative objects have been selected from the
subdataset, each observation of the entire dataset is assigned
to the nearest medoid.
The sum of the dissimilarities of the observations to their closest medoid is used as a measure of the quality of the clustering. The subdataset for which the sum is minimal, is retained. A further analysis is carried out on the final partition.
Each subdataset is forced to contain the medoids obtained from the
best subdataset until then. Randomly drawn observations are added to
this set until sampsize
has been reached.
an object of class "clara"
representing the clustering. See
clara.object
for details.
By default, the random sampling is implemented with a very
simple scheme (with period 2^{16} = 65536) inside the Fortran
code, independently of R's random number generation, and as a matter
of fact, deterministically. Alternatively, we recommend setting
rngR = TRUE
which uses R's random number generators. Then,
clara()
results are made reproducible typically by using
set.seed()
before calling clara
.
The storage requirement of clara
computation (for small
k
) is about
O(n * p) + O(j^2) where
j = sampsize
, and (n,p) = dim(x)
.
The CPU computing time (again assuming small k
) is about
O(n * p * j^2 * N), where
N = samples
.
For “small” datasets, the function pam
can be used
directly. What can be considered small, is really a function
of available computing power, both memory (RAM) and speed.
Originally (1990), “small” meant less than 100 observations;
later, the authors said “small (say with fewer than 200
observations)”...
Kaufman and Rousseeuw (see agnes
), originally.
All arguments from trace
on, and most R documentation and all
tests by Martin Maechler.
agnes
for background and references;
clara.object
, pam
,
partition.object
, plot.partition
.
## generate 500 objects, divided into 2 clusters. x < rbind(cbind(rnorm(200,0,8), rnorm(200,0,8)), cbind(rnorm(300,50,8), rnorm(300,50,8))) clarax < clara(x, 2) clarax clarax$clusinfo plot(clarax) ## `xclara' is an artificial data set with 3 clusters of 1000 bivariate ## objects each. data(xclara) (clx3 < clara(xclara, 3)) ## Plot similar to Figure 5 in Struyf et al (1996) ## Not run: plot(clx3, ask = TRUE) ## Try 100 times *different* random samples  for reliability: nSim < 100 nCl < 3 # = no.classes set.seed(421)# (reproducibility) cl < matrix(NA,nrow(xclara), nSim) for(i in 1:nSim) cl[,i] < clara(xclara, nCl, medoids.x = FALSE, rngR = TRUE)$cluster tcl < apply(cl,1, tabulate, nbins = nCl) ## those that are not always in same cluster (5 out of 3000 for this seed): (iDoubt < which(apply(tcl,2, function(n) all(n < nSim)))) if(length(iDoubt)) { # (not for all seeds) tabD < tcl[,iDoubt, drop=FALSE] dimnames(tabD) < list(cluster = paste(1:nCl), obs = format(iDoubt)) t(tabD) # how many times in which clusters }