The family of sequential possibilistic one-mean clustering algorithms
[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The possibilistic c-means (PCM) was developed as an extension of the fuzzy c-means (FCM) clustering algorithm by abandoning the membership sum-to-one constraint. In the PCM, each cluster is independent of the other clusters and can be processed separately. Because of this separability, the sequential possibilistic one-mean (SP1M) was proposed to find clusters sequentially by running the possibilistic one-mean (P1M) c times. One critical problem in both PCM and SP1M is how to determine the parameter [subscript]. The sequential possibilistic one-mean with adaptive eta (SP1M-AE) was developed to allow [subscript] to change during iterations. In this thesis, a new dynamic adaptation mechanism for the parameter [subscript] in each cluster is inserted into SP1M. The resultant algorithm, called the sequential possibilistic one-mean with dynamic eta (SP1M-DE) is shown to provide superior performance over PCM, SP1M, and SP1M-AE in determining correct clustering results. In this thesis, the family of the SP1M clustering algorithm is also extended to combine local spatial information in an image. The resultant algorithm, called sequential possibilistic local information one-mean (SPLI1M) is shown to have a better performance on image segmentation over the fuzzy local information c-means (FLICM), the possibilistic local information c-means (PLICM), and the family of SP1M without combing local spatial information in image.
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