Keywords: Clustering, Matrix decomposition, Innovation Search
TL;DR: Presenting the underlying connection between the iPursuit clustering algorithm and a closed form matrix decomposition based method and presenting a theoretical study which covers both algorithms.
Abstract: This paper focuses on the Matrix Factorization based Clustering (MFC) method which is one of the few closed-form algorithms for the subspace clustering algorithm. Despite being simple, closed-form, and computation-efficient, MFC can outperform the other sophisticated subspace clustering methods in many challenging scenarios. We reveal the connection between MFC and the Innovation Pursuit (iPursuit) algorithm which was shown to be able to outperform the other spectral clustering based methods with a notable margin especially when the span of clusters are close. A novel theoretical study is presented which sheds light on the key performance factors of both algorithms (MFC/iPursuit) and it is shown that both algorithms can be robust to notable intersections between the span of clusters. Importantly, in contrast to the theoretical guarantees of other algorithms which emphasized on the distance between the subspaces as the key performance factor and without making the innovation assumption, it is shown that the performance of MFC/iPursuit mainly depends on the distance between the innovative components of the clusters.
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