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Sampling and Subsampling for Cluster Analysis in Data Mining, with Applications to Sky Survey Data

  • Author(s): Rocke, David
  • Dai, Jian
  • et al.
Abstract

This paper describes a clustering method for unsupervised classification of objects in large data sets. The new methodology combines the mixture likelibood approach with a sampling and subsampling strategy in order to cluster large data sets efficiently; This sampling strategy can be applied to a large variety of data mining methods to allow them to be used on very large data sets. The method is applied to the problem of automated star/galaxy classification for digital sky data and is tested using a sample from the Digitized Palomar Sky Survey (DPOSS) data. The method is quick and reliable and produces classifications comparable to previous work on these data using supervised clustering.

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