Co-Clustering under the Maximum Norm

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Co-Clustering under the Maximum Norm
Abstract. Co-clustering, that is, partitioning a matrix into “homogeneous” submatrices, has many applications ranging from bioinformatics to election analysis. Many interesting variants of co-clustering are NP-hard. We focus on the basic variant of co-clustering where the homogeneity of a submatrix is defined in terms of minimizing the maximum distance between two entries. In this context, we spot several NP-hard as well as a number of relevant polynomial-time solvable special cases, thus charting the border of tractability for this challenging data clustering problem. For instance, we provide polynomial-time solvability when having to partition the rows and columns into two subsets each (meaning that one obtains four submatrices). When partitioning rows and columns into three subsets each, however, we encounter NP-hardness even for input matrices containing only values from {0, 1, 2}.
Laurent Bulteau, Vincent Froese, Sepp Hartung, Rol
Added 29 Mar 2016
Updated 29 Mar 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Authors Laurent Bulteau, Vincent Froese, Sepp Hartung, Rolf Niedermeier
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