Distributed proximity-based granular clustering: towards a development of global structural relationships in data

Witold Pedrycz*, Rami Al-Hmouz, Ali Morfeq, Abdullah Saeed Balamash

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The study is focused on a development of a global structure in a family of distributed data realized on a basis of locally discovered structures. The local structures are revealed by running fuzzy clustering (Fuzzy C-Means), whereas building a global view is realized by forming global proximity matrices on a basis of the local proximity matrices implied by the partition matrices formed for the individual data sets. To capture the diversity of local structures, a global perspective at the structure of the data is captured in terms of a granular proximity matrix, which is built by invoking a principle of justifiable granularity with regard to the aggregation of individual proximity matrices. The three main scenarios are investigated: (a) designing a global structure among the data through building a granular proximity matrix, (b) refining a local structure (expressed in the form of a partition matrix) by engaging structural knowledge conveyed at the higher level of the hierarchy and provided in the form of the granular proximity matrix, (c) forming a consensus-building scheme and updating all local structures with the aid of the proximity dependences available at the upper layer of the hierarchy. While the first scenario delivers a passive approach to the development of the global structure, the two others are of an active nature by facilitating a structural feedback between the local and global level of the hierarchy of the developed structures. The study is illustrated through a series of experiments carried out for synthetic and publicly available data sets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2751-2767
Number of pages17
JournalSoft Computing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 22 2015


  • Consensus formation
  • Distributed data
  • Fuzzy clustering
  • Global structure
  • Granular clustering
  • Granular proximity
  • Proximity matrix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Geometry and Topology


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