Min-Sum Clustering (with Outliers)

11/24/2020 ∙ by Sandip Banerjee, et al. ∙ 0

We give a constant factor polynomial time pseudo-approximation algorithm for min-sum clustering with or without outliers. The algorithm is allowed to exclude an arbitrarily small constant fraction of the points. For instance, we show how to compute a solution that clusters 98% of the input data points and pays no more than a constant factor times the optimal solution that clusters 99% of the input data points. More generally, we give the following bicriteria approximation: For any > 0, for any instance with n input points and for any positive integer n'≤ n, we compute in polynomial time a clustering of at least (1-) n' points of cost at most a constant factor greater than the optimal cost of clustering n' points. The approximation guarantee grows with 1/. Our results apply to instances of points in real space endowed with squared Euclidean distance, as well as to points in a metric space, where the number of clusters, and also the dimension if relevant, is arbitrary (part of the input, not an absolute constant).

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