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New resampling method for evaluating stability of clusters

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New resampling method for evaluating stability of clusters
Background: Hierarchical clustering is a widely applied tool in the analysis of microarray gene expression data. The assessment of cluster stability is a major challenge in clustering procedures. Statistical methods are required to distinguish between real and random clusters. Several methods for assessing cluster stability have been published, including resampling methods such as the bootstrap. We propose a new resampling method based on continuous weights to assess the stability of clusters in hierarchical clustering. While in bootstrapping approximately one third of the original items is lost, continuous weights avoid zero elements and instead allow non integer diagonal elements, which leads to retention of the full dimensionality of space, i.e. each variable of the original data set is represented in the resampling sample. Results: Comparison of continuous weights and bootstrapping using real datasets and simulation studies reveals the advantage of continuous weights especially wh...
Irina Gana Dresen, Tanja Boes, Johannes Hüsin
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Type Journal
Year 2008
Where BMCBI
Authors Irina Gana Dresen, Tanja Boes, Johannes Hüsing, Markus Neuhäuser, Karl-Heinz Jöckel
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