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Title: A flexible EM-like clustering algorithm for noisy data Authors:  Violeta Roizman - L2S (CentraleSupelec) - Instituto de Calculo (UBA) (France) [presenting]
Frederic Pascal - CentraleSupelec (France)
Matthieu Jonckheere - Instituto de Calculo - UBA (Argentina)
Abstract: A new robust clustering algorithm is designed that can deal efficiently with noise and outliers in diverse datasets. As an EM-like algorithm, it is based on both estimations of clusters centers and covariances, but also on a scale parameter per data-point. This allows the algorithm to accommodate for heavier/lighter tails distributions (in comparison to classical Gaussian distributions) and outliers without significantly loosing efficiency in classical scenarios. Convergence and accuracy of the algorithm are first analyzed by considering synthetic data. Then, we show that the proposed algorithm outperforms other classical unsupervised methods of the literature such as $k$-means, the EM algorithm and HDBSCAN when applied to real datasets as MNIST, NORB and 20newsgroups.