First of all, MDS is NOT a clustering method, although the two
methodologies are often used in a complementary manner, just as, say,
principal components and clustering analysis may sometimes be (but often in
an inappropriate way).

Secondly, there's an enormous literature on both subjects, including
numerous papers discussing the two approaches and their
interrelationships.  Two papers that were recently completed that might be
helpful to you, both to be published in the forthcoming Encyclopedia of
Social Measurement, are one by Carroll, Arabie and Hubert on MDS and
another by Arabie, Hubert and Carroll on Clustering.  These are both short
overview articles, but provide other references which could be useful to
you.  Since these papers are not yet published, if you're interested I
could arrange to send you electronic copies of preprints of both.

Doug Carroll

At 11:13 AM 5/5/2004 -0500, Henry Bulley wrote:

>Hello all,
>
>
>
>Do any of you know of a good review paper/article that discusses cluster
>analysis/cluster validation as well as other clustering approaches like MDS?
>
>
>
>Thanks
>
>
>
>Henry
>
>
>
>
>
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>From: Classification, clustering, and phylogeny estimation
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of F. James Rohlf
>Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 8:23 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Question about cluster analysis techniques
>
>
>
>You might find more responses to such questions on the morphometrics list
>server. For information about joining this list see
><http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/morph/morphmet.html>http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/morph/morphmet.html.
>You might also find this website useful has it has links to many resources
>for the study of shape variation.
>
>-----------------------
>F. James Rohlf
>State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5245
>www:
><http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/rohlf>http://life.bio.sunysb.edu/ee/rohlf
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Classification, clustering, and phylogeny estimation
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Angelique Augereau
>Sent: Wednesday, March 17, 2004 6:23 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Question about cluster analysis techniques
>Hi,
>
>I have human body scan data on 4 parts of the body: waist, upper hip, high
>hip and lower hip.  I am trying to find a way to classify human bodies
>into different types based on the 4 measures.  E.g. straight body, pear
>shape, etc.
>
>Can you please tell me what kinds of techniques would be appropriate for
>this kind of analysis?  I am working with Mathematica.
>
>Thanks!



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