June 2015 Archives

Some Of These Things Are Not Like The Others

Of all of the problems that we might attack with numerical methods, one of my favourites is cluster analysis; the task of dividing a set of data into subsets of similar data. Now I'm fully aware that my having favourite applications of numerical methods might lead you to suspect that I live at the most cringingly awkward end of nerd street, but please bear with me; the reason that I find cluster analysis so appealing, and that I hope you will too, is that it is a rare example of a mathematical problem that we struggle to even properly define.

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