cutree_1k.dendrogram: cutree for dendrogram (by 1 k value only!)

View source: R/cutree.dendrogram.R

cutree_1k.dendrogramR Documentation

cutree for dendrogram (by 1 k value only!)


Cuts a dendrogram tree into several groups by specifying the desired number of clusters k (only a single k value!).

In case there exists no such k for which exists a relevant split of the dendrogram, a warning is issued to the user, and NA is returned.


  dend_heights_per_k = NULL,
  use_labels_not_values = TRUE,
  order_clusters_as_data = TRUE,
  warn = dendextend_options("warn"),



a dendrogram object


numeric scalar (not a vector!) with the number of clusters the tree should be cut into.


a named vector that resulted from running. heights_per_k.dendrogram. When running the function many times, supplying this object will help improve the running time.


logical, defaults to TRUE. If the actual labels of the clusters do not matter - and we want to gain speed (say, 10 times faster) - then use FALSE (gives the "leaves order" instead of their labels.). This is passed to cutree_1h.dendrogram.


logical, defaults to TRUE. There are two ways by which to order the clusters: 1) By the order of the original data. 2) by the order of the labels in the dendrogram. In order to be consistent with cutree, this is set to TRUE. This is passed to cutree_1h.dendrogram.


logical (default from dendextend_options("warn") is FALSE). Set if warning are to be issued, it is safer to keep this at TRUE, but for keeping the noise down, the default is FALSE. Should the function send a warning in case the desried k is not available?


(not currently in use)


cutree_1k.dendrogram returns an integer vector with group memberships.

In case there exists no such k for which exists a relevant split of the dendrogram, a warning is issued to the user, and NA is returned.


Tal Galili

See Also

hclust, cutree, cutree_1h.dendrogram


hc <- hclust(dist(USArrests[c(1, 6, 13, 20, 23), ]), "ave")
dend <- as.dendrogram(hc)
cutree(hc, k = 3) # on hclust
cutree_1k.dendrogram(dend, k = 3) # on a dendrogram


# the default (ordered by original data's order)
cutree_1k.dendrogram(dend, k = 3, order_clusters_as_data = TRUE)

# A different order of labels - order by their order in the tree
cutree_1k.dendrogram(dend, k = 3, order_clusters_as_data = FALSE)

# make it faster
## Not run: 
dend_ks <- heights_per_k.dendrogram
  cutree_1k.dendrogram = cutree_1k.dendrogram(dend, k = 4),
  cutree_1k.dendrogram_no_labels = cutree_1k.dendrogram(dend,
    k = 4, use_labels_not_values = FALSE
  cutree_1k.dendrogram_no_labels_per_k = cutree_1k.dendrogram(dend,
    k = 4, use_labels_not_values = FALSE,
    dend_heights_per_k = dend_ks
# the last one is the fastest...

## End(Not run)

dendextend documentation built on March 31, 2023, 10:17 p.m.