PASCAL - Pattern Analysis, Statistical Modelling and Computational Learning

Discovering Non-binary Hierarchical Structures with Bayesian Rose Trees
Charles Blundell, Yee Whye Teh and Katherine Heller
In: Mixture Estimation and Applications (2010) John Wiley & Sons .


Hierarchical structure is ubiquitous in data across many domains. There are many hierarchical clustering methods, frequently used by domain experts, which strive to discover this structure. However, most of these methods limit discoverable hierarchies to those with binary branching structure. This limitation, while computationally convenient, is often undesirable. In this paper we explore a Bayesian hierarchical clustering algorithm that can produce trees with arbitrary branching structure at each node, known as rose trees. We interpret these trees as mixtures over partitions of a data set, and use a computationally efficient, greedy agglomerative algorithm to find the rose trees which have high marginal likelihood given the data. Lastly, we perform experiments which demonstrate that rose trees are better models of data than the typical binary trees returned by other hierarchical clustering algorithms.

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Subjects:Computational, Information-Theoretic Learning with Statistics
Learning/Statistics & Optimisation
Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:8127
Deposited By:Yee Whye Teh
Deposited On:24 April 2011