Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Mathematical Sciences

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Jeff Knisley

Committee Members

Debra Knisley, Michele Joyner


Spectral clustering is often used to partition a data set into a specified number of clusters. Both the unweighted and the vertex-weighted approaches use eigenvectors of the Laplacian matrix of a graph. Our focus is on using vertex-weighted methods to refine clustering of observations. An eigenvector corresponding with the second smallest eigenvalue of the Laplacian matrix of a graph is called a Fiedler vector. Coefficients of a Fiedler vector are used to partition vertices of a given graph into two clusters. A vertex of a graph is classified as unassociated if the Fiedler coefficient of the vertex is close to zero compared to the largest Fiedler coefficient of the graph. We propose a vertex-weighted spectral clustering algorithm which incorporates a vector of weights for each vertex of a given graph to form a vertex-weighted graph. The proposed algorithm predicts association of equidistant or nearly equidistant data points from both clusters while the unweighted clustering does not provide association. Finally, we implemented both the unweighted and the vertex-weighted spectral clustering algorithms on several data sets to show that the proposed algorithm works in general.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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