fanny.object {cluster}R Documentation

Fuzzy Analysis (FANNY) Object


The objects of class "fanny" represent a fuzzy clustering of a dataset.


A legitimate fanny object is a list with the following components:

membership matrix containing the memberships for each pair consisting of an observation and a cluster.
memb.exp the membership exponent used in the fitting criterion.
coeff Dunn's partition coefficient F(k) of the clustering, where k is the number of clusters. F(k) is the sum of all squared membership coefficients, divided by the number of observations. Its value is between 1/k and 1.
The normalized form of the coefficient is also given. It is defined as (F(k) - 1/k) / (1 - 1/k), and ranges between 0 and 1. A low value of Dunn's coefficient indicates a very fuzzy clustering, whereas a value close to 1 indicates a near-crisp clustering.
clustering the clustering vector of the nearest crisp clustering, see partition.object.
k.crisp integer (<= k) giving the number of crisp clusters; can be less than k, where it's recommended to decrease memb.exp.
objective named vector containing the minimal value of the objective function reached by the FANNY algorithm and the relative convergence tolerance tol used.
convergence named vector with iterations, the number of iterations needed and converged indicating if the algorithm converged (in maxit iterations within convergence tolerance tol).
diss an object of class "dissimilarity", see partition.object.
call generating call, see partition.object.
silinfo list with silhouette information of the nearest crisp clustering, see partition.object.
data matrix, possibibly standardized, or NULL, see partition.object.


These objects are returned from fanny.


The "fanny" class has methods for the following generic functions: print, summary.


The class "fanny" inherits from "partition". Therefore, the generic functions plot and clusplot can be used on a fanny object.

See Also

fanny, print.fanny, dissimilarity.object, partition.object, plot.partition.

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