LFCS Seminar: 8 May 2018 - Varun Kanade

Title: Hierarchical Clustering: Objective Functions and Efficient Algorithms


Hierarchical clustering is a recursive partitioning of a dataset into clusters at an increasingly finer granularity. Hierarchical clustering has mostly been studied in procedural terms, i.e., a hierarchical cluster tree is obtained using certain bottom-up (agglomerative) or top-down (divisive) heuristics, rather than finding a hierarchical cluster tree as the solution obtained by optimizing some suitable objective. Dasgupta (2016) identified this as a reason why the theory of hierarchical clustering lagged behind that of flat clustering and proposed an objective function. In this talk, I will take an axiomatic approach to identifying suitable objective functions for hierarchical clustering. I will also describe a new random-graph model with a planted hierarchy. New and existing algorithms and their performance in theory and on some preliminary experiments will be discussed. Based on joint work with Vincent Cohen-Addad, Claire Mathieu and Frederik Mallmann-Trenn.


LFCS Seminar: 8 May 2018 - Varun Kanade

Speaker: Varun Kanade

IF 4.31/4.33