I am trying to cluster sparse heterogeneous datasets containing demographics and diagnosis variables ( mix of categorical and numerical variables). How should I start my clustering endeavors ? start with dimensionality reduction methods such as Factor analysis of mixed data (FAMD) to handle sparsity then performing clustering ? Or instead start directly with clustering methods using Gower’s distance?

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    – roaima
    Apr 16 at 6:27


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