|Maria-Florina Balcan||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Travis Dick||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Colin White||Carnegie Mellon University|
Algorithms for clustering points in metric spaces is a long-studied area of research.
Algorithms for clustering points in metric spaces is a long-studied area of research. Clustering has seen a multitude of work both theoretically, in understanding the approximation guarantees possible for many objective functions such as k-median and k-means clustering, and experimentally, in finding the fastest algorithms and seeding procedures for Lloyd's algorithm. The performance of a given clustering algorithm depends on the specific application at hand, and this may not be known up front. For example, a "typical instance" may vary depending on the application, and different clustering heuristics perform differently depending on the instance.