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Cross-Guided Clustering: Transfer of Relevant Supervision across Tasks

Bhattacharya, Indrajit and Godbole, Shantanu and Joshi, Sachindra and Verma, Ashish (2012) Cross-Guided Clustering: Transfer of Relevant Supervision across Tasks. In: ACM TRANSACTIONS ON KNOWLEDGE DISCOVERY FROM DATA, 6 (2).

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2297456.2297461


Lack of supervision in clustering algorithms often leads to clusters that are not useful or interesting to human reviewers. We investigate if supervision can be automatically transferred for clustering a target task, by providing a relevant supervised partitioning of a dataset from a different source task. The target clustering is made more meaningful for the human user by trading-off intrinsic clustering goodness on the target task for alignment with relevant supervised partitions in the source task, wherever possible. We propose a cross-guided clustering algorithm that builds on traditional k-means by aligning the target clusters with source partitions. The alignment process makes use of a cross-task similarity measure that discovers hidden relationships across tasks. When the source and target tasks correspond to different domains with potentially different vocabularies, we propose a projection approach using pivot vocabularies for the cross-domain similarity measure. Using multiple real-world and synthetic datasets, we show that our approach improves clustering accuracy significantly over traditional k-means and state-of-the-art semi-supervised clustering baselines, over a wide range of data characteristics and parameter settings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ACM
Keywords: Multitask; transfer; cluster alignment
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Computer Science & Automation
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2012 10:34
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2012 10:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/45067

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