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Classification, clustering, and phylogeny estimation
Wed, 23 Oct 2002 06:32:22 -0500
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I would think this could occur only in a special case where a mixture
model approach can be used. The data would need to be from three different
multivariate normal distributions, each with the same covariance matrix.
If you do a web search on 'mixture models' you will come up with the
information you need.

I don't know of and can't imagine any type of hierarchical or scaling
approach that could be used.


William D. Shannon, Ph.D.

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On Wed, 23 Oct 2002, Marinucci, Max (MB Ergo) wrote:

> Dear all
> I would like to know if there is some clustering provedure which does the
> following.Given a data set with n observations on k variables with
> correlations matrix R (k x k) I would like to obtain 3 cluster of
> approximatively equal size n1=n2=n3 that satisfy the following condition.
> The correlations matrix of each of the three subgroups should be as close as
> possible each other and with respect to the pooled correlation matrix, That
> is R1=R2=R3=R
> Do you have any suggestions or ideas on how to proceed to obtain such
> partitions?
> Thanx a lot
> Massimiliano Marinucci
> Phd candidate
> Universidad Complutense Madrid
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