Micro-panel data are collected and analysed in many research and industry areas. Cluster analysis of micro-panel data is an unsupervised learning exploratory method identifying subgroup clusters in a data set which include homogeneous objects in terms of the development dynamics of monitored variables. The supply of clustering methods tailored to micro-panel data is limited. The present paper focuses on a feature-based clustering method, introducing a novel two-step characteristic-based approach designed for this type of data. The proposed CluMP method aims to identify clusters that are at least as internally homogeneous and externally heterogeneous as those obtained by alternative methods already implemented in the statistical system R. We compare the clustering performance of the devised algorithm with two extant methods using simulated micro-panel data sets. Our approach has yielded similar or better outcomes than the other methods, the advantage of the proposed algorithm being time efficiency which makes it applicable for large data sets.
- Pub Date:
- July 2018
- Statistics - Machine Learning;
- Computer Science - Machine Learning
- R-code is available upon request to the corresponding author. This working paper was submitted to Journal of Classification in April 2018