Link of Data Synchronization to Self-Organizing Map Algorithm

Takaya MIYANO  Takako TSUTSUI  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E92-A    No.1    pp.263-269
Publication Date: 2009/01/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E92.A.263
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Nonlinear Problems
collective synchronization,  data mining,  self-organizing map,  

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We have recently developed a method for feature extraction from multivariate data using an analogue of Kuramoto's dynamics for modeling collective synchronization in a network of coupled phase oscillators. In our method, which we call data synchronization, phase oscillators carrying multivariate data in their natural and updated rhythms achieve partial synchronizations. Their common rhythms are interpreted as the template vectors representing the general features of the data set. In this study, we discuss the link of data synchronization to the self-organizing map algorithm as a popular method for data mining and show through numerical experiments how our method can overcome the disadvantages of the self-organizing map algorithm in that unintentional selections of inappropriate reference vectors lead to false feature patterns.