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FarthestFirst (3.6)

KNIME WEKA nodes version 2.10.2.v202003301209 by KNIME AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Cluster data using the FarthestFirst algorithm. For more information see: Hochbaum, Shmoys (1985). A best possible heuristic for the k-center problem. Mathematics of Operations Research. 10(2):180-184. Sanjoy Dasgupta: Performance Guarantees for Hierarchical Clustering. In: 15th Annual Conference on Computational Learning Theory, 351-363, 2002. Notes: - works as a fast simple approximate clusterer - modelled after SimpleKMeans, might be a useful initializer for it

(based on WEKA 3.6)

For further options, click the 'More' - button in the dialog.

All weka dialogs have a panel where you can specify clusterer-specific parameters.


Class column
Choose the column that contains the target variable.
Preliminary Attribute Check

The Preliminary Attribute Check tests the underlying classifier against the DataTable specification at the inport of the node. Columns that are compatible with the classifier are marked with a green 'ok'. Columns which are potentially not compatible are assigned a red error message.

Important: If a column is marked as 'incompatible', it does not necessarily mean that the classifier cannot be executed! Sometimes, the error message 'Cannot handle String class' simply means that no nominal values are available (yet). This may change during execution of the predecessor nodes.

Capabilities: [Nominal attributes, Binary attributes, Unary attributes, Empty nominal attributes, Numeric attributes, Date attributes, Missing values, No class] Dependencies: [] min # Instance: 1

Clusterer Options

N: number of clusters. (default = 2).

S: Random number seed. (default 1)

Input Ports

Training data

Output Ports

Trained clusterer


Weka Node View
Each Weka node provides a summary view that provides information about the classification. If the test data contains a class column, an evaluation is generated.


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