This is a tool for retrieving nearest neighbors and clustering of large categorical data sets repesented in transactional form.
The clustering is achieved via a locality-sensitive hashing of categorical datasets for speed and scalability.
The locality-sensitive hashing method implemented is described in the video lectures under www.mmds.org (Chapter 3).
Information needed for LSH, such as shingles/tokens, MinHash signatures, band hashes to buckets
are stored in several database tables.
Information needed for clustering purposes, such as the most significant pairwise object similarities and density-based similarities are also stored in tables.
An early version of the fast database-based retrieval of nearest neighbors and clustering in large categorical datasets was published in:
Bill Andreopoulos, Aijun An, Xiaogang Wang, Dirk Labudde. Efficient Layered Density-based Clustering of Categorical Data. Elsevier Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 2009.
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