Implementing Agglomerative Hierarchic Clustering Algorithms for Use in Document Retrieval
Voorhees, Ellen M.
Searching hierarchically clustered document collections can be effective, but creating the cluster hierarchies is expensive since there are both many documents and many terms. However, the information in the document-term matrix is sparse: documents are usually indexed by relatively few terms. This paper describes the implementations of three agglomerative hierarchic clustering algorithms that exploit this sparsity so that collections much larger than the algorithms' worst case running times would suggest can be clustered. The implementations described in the paper have been used to cluster a collection of 12,000 documents.
computer science; technical report
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