Clustering and Embedding Using Commute Times

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Clustering and Embedding Using Commute Times
This paper exploits the properties of the commute time between nodes of a graph for the purposes of clustering and embedding, and explores its applications to image segmentation and multi-body motion tracking. Our starting point is the lazy random walk on the graph, which is determined by the heatkernel of the graph and can be computed from the spectrum of the graph Laplacian. We characterize the random walk using the commute time (i.e. the expected time taken for a random walk to travel between two nodes and return) and show how this quantity may be computed from the Laplacian spectrum using the discrete Green’s function. Our motivation is that the commute time can be anticipated to be a more robust measure of the proximity of data than the raw proximity matrix. In this paper, we explore two applications of the commute time. The first is to develop a method for image segmentation using the eigenvector corresponding to the smallest eigenvalue of the commute time matrix. We show tha...
Huaijun Qiu, Edwin R. Hancock
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where PAMI
Authors Huaijun Qiu, Edwin R. Hancock
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