A Probabilistic Approach to Latent Cluster Analysis / 1813
Zhipeng Xie, Rui Dong, Zhengheng Deng, Zhenying He, Weidong Yang

Facing a large number of clustering solutions, cluster ensemble method provides an effective approach to aggregating them into a better one. In this paper, we propose a novel cluster ensemble method from probabilistic perspective. It assumes that each clustering solution is generated from a latent cluster model, under the control of two probabilistic parameters. Thus, the cluster ensemble problem is reformulated into an optimization problem of maximum likelihood. An EM-style algorithm is designed to solve this problem. It can determine the number of clusters automatically. Experimental results have shown that the proposed algorithm outperforms the state-of-the-art methods including EAC-AL, CSPA, HGPA, and MCLA. Furthermore, it has been shown that our algorithm is stable in the predicted numbers of clusters.