Department of Statistics Unitmark
Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

A Comprehensive Approach to Mode Clustering

Publication Date

December, 2015

Publication Type

Tech Report


Yen-Chi Chen, Christopher R. Genovese, Larry Wasserman


Mode clustering is a nonparametric method for clustering that defines clusters using the basins of attraction of a density estimator's modes. We provide several enhancements to mode clustering: (i) a soft variant of cluster assignment, (ii) a measure of connectivity between clusters, (iii) a technique for choosing the bandwidth, (iv) a method for denoising small clusters, and (v) an approach to visualizing the clusters. Combining all these enhancements gives us a complete procedure for clustering in multivariate problems. We also compare mode clustering to other clustering methods in several examples