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On the choice of an appropriate bandwidth for modal clustering
Alessandro Casa, Josè Chacón, Giovanna Menardi

Last modified: 2018-05-17


In modal clustering framework groups are regarded as the domains of attraction of the modes of probability density function underlying the data. Operationally, to obtain a partition, a nonparametric density estimate is required and kernel density estimator is commonly considered. When resorting to these methods a relevant issue regards the selection of the smoothing parameter governing the shape of the density and hence possibly the modal structure. In this work we propose a criterion to choose the bandwidth, specifically tailored for the clustering problem since based on the minimization of the distance between a partition of the data induced by the kernel estimator and the whole-space partition induced by the true density.


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