Getting Started with NNS: Clustering and Regression"

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Clustering and Regression

Below are some examples demonstrating unsupervised learning with NNS clustering and nonlinear regression using the resulting clusters. As always, for a more thorough description and definition, please view the References.

NNS Partitioning NNS.part

NNS.part is both a partitional and hierarchical clustering method. NNS iteratively partitions the joint distribution into partial moment quadrants, and then assigns a quadrant identification at each partition.

NNS.part returns a data.table of observations along with their final quadrant identification. It also returns the regression points, which are the quadrant means used in NNS.reg.

x=seq(-5,5,.05); y=x^3

for(i in 1:4){NNS.part(x,y,order=i,Voronoi = T)}

X-only Partitioning

NNS.part offers a partitioning based on $x$ values only, using the entire bandwidth in its regression point derivation, and shares the same limit condition as partitioning via both $x$ and $y$ values.

for(i in 1:4){NNS.part(x,y,order=i,type="XONLY",Voronoi = T)}

Clusters Used in Regression

The right column of plots shows the corresponding regression for the order of NNS partitioning.

for(i in 1:3){NNS.part(x,y,order=i,Voronoi = T);NNS.reg(x,y,order=i)}

NNS Regression NNS.reg

NNS.reg can fit any $f(x)$, for both uni- and multivariate cases. NNS.reg returns a self-evident list of values provided below.


NNS.reg(x,y,order=4,noise.reduction = 'off')


Multivariate regressions return a plot of $y$ and $\hat{y}$.

f= function(x,y) x^3+3*y-y^3-3*x
y=x; z=expand.grid(x,y)


NNS.reg can inter- or extrapolate any point of interest. The NNS.reg(x,y,point.est=...) parameter permits any sized data of similar dimensions to $x$ and called specifically with $Point.est.


For a classification problem, we simply set NNS.reg(x,y,type="CLASS",...)


NNS Dimension Reduction Regression

NNS.reg also provides a dimension reduction regression by including a parameter NNS.reg(x,y,"cor",...). Reducing all regressors to a single dimension using the returned equation $equation.


Thus, our model for this regression would be: $$Species = \frac{0.7825612Sepal.Length -0.4266576Sepal.Width + 0.9490347Petal.Length + 0.9565473Petal.Width}{4} $$


NNS.reg(x,y,"cor",threshold=...) offers a method of reducing regressors further by controlling the absolute value of required correlation.


Thus, our model for this further reduced dimension regression would be: $$Species = \frac{0.7825612Sepal.Length -0Sepal.Width + 0.9490347Petal.Length + 0.9565473Petal.Width}{3} $$

and the point.est=(...) operates in the same manner as the full regression above, again called with $Point.est.



If the user is so motivated, detailed arguments further examples are provided within the following:

*Nonlinear Nonparametric Statistics: Using Partial Moments

*Deriving Nonlinear Correlation Coefficients from Partial Moments

*New Nonparametric Curve-Fitting Using Partitioning, Regression and Partial Derivative Estimation

*Clustering and Curve Fitting by Line Segments

*Classification Using NNS Clustering Analysis

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