JACIII Vol.7 No.3 pp. 370-376
doi: 10.20965/jaciii.2003.p0370


Phase Transitions in Fuzzy Clustering Based on Fuzzy Entropy

Makoto Yasuda*, Takeshi Furuhashi**, and Shigeru Okuma***

*Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Gifu National College of Technology, Shinsei-cho, Motosu-gun, Gifu 501-0495, Japan

**Dept. of Information Engineering, Mie University, 1515 Kamihama-cho, Tsu 514-8507, Japan

***Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603, Japan

June 30, 2003
August 26, 2003
October 20, 2003
deterministic annealing, fuzzy entropy, fuzzy clustering, fuzzy c-means, Fermi-Dirac statistics, phase transition

We studied the statistical mechanical characteristics of fuzzy clustering regularized with fuzzy entropy. We obtained Fermi-Dirac distribution as a membership function by regularizing the fuzzy c-means with fuzzy entropy. We then formulated it as direct annealing clustering, and determined the meanings of the Fermi-Dirac function and fuzzy entropy from the statistical mechanical point of view, and showed that this fuzzy clustering is a part of Fermi-Dirac statistics. We also derived the critical temperature at which phase transition occurs in this fuzzy clustering. Then, with a combination of cluster divisions by phase transitions and an adequate division termination condition, we derived fuzzy clustering that automatically determined the number of clusters, as verified by numerical experiments.

Cite this article as:
Makoto Yasuda, Takeshi Furuhashi, and Shigeru Okuma, “Phase Transitions in Fuzzy Clustering Based on Fuzzy Entropy,” J. Adv. Comput. Intell. Intell. Inform., Vol.7, No.3, pp. 370-376, 2003.
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