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R daisy - Gower distance, different values with different number of observations [duplicate]

I have a mixed data set where I want to compute distances between observations with Gower in R (daisy function). When I compute distances between different number of observations, the distances seem ...
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Why does k-means clustering algorithm use only Euclidean distance metric?

Is there a specific purpose in terms of efficiency or functionality why the k-means algorithm does not use for example cosine (dis)similarity as a distance metric, but can only use the Euclidean norm? ...
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Choosing the right linkage method for hierarchical clustering

I am performing hierarchical clustering on data I've gathered and processed from the reddit data dump on Google BigQuery. My process is the following: Get the latest 1000 posts in /r/politics ...
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Clustering of mixed type data with R

I wonder whether it is possible to perform within R a clustering of data having mixed data variables. In other words I have a data set containing both numerical and categorical variables within and I'...
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How to use both binary and continuous variables together in clustering?

I need to use binary variables (values 0 & 1) in k-means. But k-means only works with continuous variables. I know some people still use these binary variables in k-means ignoring the fact that k-...
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Doing principal component analysis or factor analysis on binary data

I have a dataset with a large number of Yes/No responses. Can I use principal components (PCA) or any other data reduction analyses (such as factor analysis) for this type of data? Please advise how I ...
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What is the optimal distance function for individuals when attributes are nominal?

I do not know which distance function between individuals to use in case of nominal (unordered categorical) attributes. I was reading some textbook and they suggest Simple Matching function but some ...
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Clustering with categorical and numeric data [duplicate]

I frequently come across data sets that have both categorical and numeric data. I think this is just a fact of life where the data is not all in one category. I'm basically trying to find some ...
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How does the Gower distance calculate the difference between binary variables'?

I have 17 numeric and 5 binary (0-1) variables, with 73 samples in my dataset. I need to run a cluster analysis. I know that the Gower distance is a good metric for datasets with mixed variables. ...
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Can binary data be ordinal?

Binary data is often mentioned as a nominal sub-category, especially in such examples as female/male, smoker/non-smoker, etc. However, binary data with such values as pass/fail, correct/incorrect, ...
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Robust cluster method for mixed data in R

I'm looking to cluster a small data set (64 observations of 4 interval variables and a single three-factor categorical variable). Now, I'm quite new to cluster analysis, but I am aware that there has ...
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Gower's (dis)similarity index

I would like to ask a question about Gower similarity/dissimilarity index. Is it ok to use the Gower dissimilarity measure with Ward linkage clustering? I was reading that the Gower similarity index ...
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Convert categorical data to numerical data to compute a distance then

I want to calculate euclidean distances for a dataset I have. However, there are two attributes which are not numbers. One attribute is country(10 different countries), the other one is race(3 races). ...
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Ask for suggestions on clustering methods on a large dataset with mixed types of variables

I need to build segmentation on a large customer dataset with more than 300K records and many variables, including continuous like income and age, ordinal like education level and membership level, ...
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Ecological mixed data cluster analysis: Transformations required? Use K-means or hierarchical methods?

I am trying to identify habitat types from 85 plots. I intend to do a cluster analysis to identify habitat types, and hope to fit additional plots into the identified clusters. (For context, I took ...

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