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What Is the Nearest Neighbor in High Dimensional Spaces?

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What Is the Nearest Neighbor in High Dimensional Spaces?
Nearest neighbor search in high dimensional spaces is an interesting and important problem which is relevant for a wide variety of novel database applications. As recent results show, however, the problem is a very di cult one, not only with regards to the performance issue but also to the quality issue. In this paper, we discuss the quality issue and identify a new generalized notion of nearest neighbor search as the relevant problem in high dimensional space. In contrast to previous approaches, our new notion of nearest neighbor search does not treat all dimensions equally but uses a quality criterion to select relevant dimensions (projections) with respect to the given query. As an example for a useful quality criterion, we rate how well the data is clustered around the query point within the selected projection. We then propose an e cient and e ective algorithm to solve the generalized nearest neighbor problem. Our experiments based on a number of real and synthetic data sets show...
Alexander Hinneburg, Charu C. Aggarwal, Daniel A.
Added 26 Aug 2010
Updated 26 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where VLDB
Authors Alexander Hinneburg, Charu C. Aggarwal, Daniel A. Keim
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