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Clustering Method 'Self Organizing Maps' - General

Self Organizing Maps

Self Organizing Maps (SOMs) involve training a neural network, where each neuron represents one centroid. The number of centroids (or the grid size) is a user-given parameter reflecting the number of clusters. The SOM aims at finding a set of neurons/centroids and to assign each object to the neuron that approximates that object best while iteratively imposing a topographic ordering on the neurons by influencing neurons that are close by. The output is a set of neurons that implicate clusters (objects are assigned to the closest neuron/centroid).

  • Publication: R. Wehrens and L.M.C. Buydens. Self- and super-organising maps in r: the kohonen package. J. Stat. Softw., 21(5), 2007.

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