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Publicado el 21/07/2017

IEEE AR CIS - Conferencia “How big is too big? Clustering in Big Data with the Fantastic Four”
James Bezdek, Disertante Distinguido CIS - 19 de septiembre de 2017, en ITBA, CABA

El Capítulo Argentino de la IEEE CIS Computational Intelligence Society y la Rama Estudiantil IEEE del ITBA, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, invitan a la conferencia “How big is too big? Clustering in Big Data with the Fantastic 4” que brindará el Profesor James Bezdek, Disertante Distinguido IEEE CIS, el martes 19 de septiembre de 2017 en el ITBA, según se detalla a continuación.

Conferencia “How big is too big? Clustering in Big Data with the Fantastic Four”

What is big data? For this talk "big" refers to the number of samples (n) and/or number of dimensions (p) in static sets of feature vector data; or the size of (similarity or distance) matrices for relational clustering. Objectives of clustering in static sets of big numerical data are acceleration for loadable data and feasibility for non-loadable data. Three ways currently in favor to achieve these objectives are (i) streaming (online) clustering, which avoids the growth in (n) entirely; (ii) chunking and distributed processing; and (iii) sampling followed by very fast (usually 1-2% of the overall processing time) non-iterative extension to the remainder of the data. Kernel-based methods are mentioned, but not covered in this talk.

This talk describes the use of sampling followed by non-iterative extension that extend each of the "Fantastic Four" to the big data case. Three methods of sampling are covered: random, progressive, and minimax. The last portion of this talk summarizes a few of the many acceleration methods for each of the Fantastic Four. Which are? Four classical clustering methods have withstood the tests of time. I call them the Fantastic Four:
- Gaussian Mixture Decomposition (GMD, 1898)
- Hard c-means (often called "k-means," HCM, 1956)
- Fuzzy c-means (reduces to HCM in the limit, FCM, 1973)
- SAHN Clustering (principally single linkage (SL, 1909))

The first three models apply to feature vector data. All three define good clusters as part of extrema of optimization problems defined by their objective functions, and in this talk, alternating optimization (known as expectation-maximization (EM) for GMD) is the scheme for approximating solutions. Approximate clustering with HCM, FCM and GMD based on literal clustering of a sample followed by non-iterative extension is discussed. Numerical examples using various synthetic and real data sets (big but loadable) compare this approach to incremental methods (spH/FCM and olH/FCM) that process data chunks sequentially. This portion of the talk concludes with a "recommendation tree" for when to use the various c-means models.

The SAHN models are deterministic, and operate in a very different way. Clustering in big relational data by sampling and non-iterative extension proceeds along these lines. Visual assessment of clustering tendency (VAT/iVAT) builds and uses the minimal spanning tree (MST) of the input data. Extension of iVAT to scalable iVAT (siVAT) for arbitrarily large square data is done with minimax sampling, and affords a means for visually estimating the number of clusters in the literal MST of the sample. siVAT then marries quite naturally to single linkage (SL), resulting in two offspring: (exact) scalable SL in a special case; and clusiVAT for the more general case. Time and accuracy comparisons of clusiVAT are made to crisp versions of three HCM models; HCM (k-means), spHCM and olHCM; and to CURE. Experiments synthetic data sets of Gaussian clusters, and various real world (big, but loadable) are presented.

Disertante: Profesor James Bezdek
PhD, Applied Mathematics, Cornell, 1973
Past president - NAFIPS, IFSA and IEEE CIS
Founding editor - Int'l. Jo. Approximate Reasoning, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems
Life fellow - IEEE and IFSA
Awards : IEEE 3rd Millennium, IEEE CIS Fuzzy Systems Pioneer, IEEE Frank Rosenblatt TFA, IPMU Kempe de Feret Award.
Retired in 2007

Fecha y hora: Martes 19 de septiembre de 2017, desde las 19:00
Lugar: Aula Magna del ITBA, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Av. Eduardo Madero 399 esq. Trinidad Guevara (continuación de Av. Corrientes), Puerto Madero, CABA.
La inscripción se habilitará próximamente y avisaremos por éste y otros medios habituales.

Nota: El Profesor Bezdek también disertará en RPIC, Mar del Plata
El Profesor James Bezdek también participará de la próxima RPIC, Reunión de trabajo en Procesamiento de la Información y Control, a realizarse del 20 al 22 de septiembre de 2017 en Mar del Plata.
En ese marco también brindará esta misma conferencia el jueves 21 de septiembre a las 18:00.





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