A recent paper used OPTICS reachability plot prior to clustering to determine the clustering method.
Based on their results they felt the reachability plot advocated for the use of k-means based algorithm over a hierarchical clustering approach.
"The OPTICS plots shows a smooth rise in reachability distance (as opposed to well demarcated sets). This implies that a partioning approach such as consensus K means clustering is the preferred statistical algorithm, as opposed to a clustering approach such as hierarchical clustering."
Questions: Is there any basis for this assertion, either theoretically or based on prior literature? I couldn't find either and the plots seem expected with high-dimensional dataset
Paper Derivation, Validation, and Potential Treatment Implications of Novel Clinical Phenotypes for Sepsis. JAMA May 19. 2019 doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5791 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2733996
Descriptions of OPTICS "OPTICS is able to detect natural clusters with various densities and is not overly sensitive about use-selected tuning parameters. It generates a reachability plot that can provide an overall visualization of data structure and help guide towards appropriate clustering methods. In general, an OPTICS plot that is smooth is more suitable for partitioning, whereas a plot that is jagged and stepped is more suitable for clustering."