gives an array in which each element at the lowest level of array is replaced by an integer index representing the cluster in which the element lies.


finds at most n clusters.


finds clusters at the specified level in array.


finds clusters of pixels with similar values in image.


finds at most n clusters in image.

Details and Options

  • ClusteringComponents works for a variety of data types, including numerical, textual, and image, as well as dates and times.
  • The following options can be given:
  • CriterionFunctionAutomaticcriterion for selecting a method
    DistanceFunctionAutomaticthe distance function to use
    FeatureExtractorIdentityhow to extract features from which to learn
    FeatureNamesAutomaticfeature names to assign for input data
    FeatureTypesAutomaticfeature types to assume for input data
    MethodAutomaticwhat method to use
    PerformanceGoalAutomaticaspect of performance to optimize
    RandomSeeding1234what seeding of pseudorandom generators should be done internally
    WeightsAutomaticwhat weight to give to each example
  • By default, ClusteringComponents will preprocess the data automatically unless a DistanceFunction is specified.
  • The setting for DistanceFunction can be any distance or dissimilarity function, or a function f defining a distance between two values.
  • Possible settings for PerformanceGoal include:
  • Automaticautomatic tradeoff among speed, accuracy, and memory
    "Quality"maximize the accuracy of the classifier
    "Speed"maximize the speed of the classifier
  • Possible settings for Method include:
  • Automaticautomatically select a method
    "Agglomerate"single linkage clustering algorithm
    "DBSCAN"density-based spatial clustering of applications with noise
    "NeighborhoodContraction"displace examples toward high-density region
    "JarvisPatrick"JarvisPatrick clustering algorithm
    "KMeans"k-means clustering algorithm
    "MeanShift"mean-shift clustering algorithm
    "KMedoids"partitioning around medoids
    "SpanningTree"minimum spanning tree-based clustering algorithm
    "Spectral"spectral clustering algorithm
    "GaussianMixture"variational Gaussian mixture algorithm
  • The methods "KMeans" and "KMedoids" can only be used when the number of clusters is specified.
  • Possible settings for CriterionFunction include:
  • "StandardDeviation"root-mean-square standard deviation
    "Dunn"Dunn index
    "CalinskiHarabasz"CalinskiHarabasz index
    "DaviesBouldin"DaviesBouldin index
    Automaticinternal index
  • Possible settings for RandomSeeding include:
  • Automaticautomatically reseed every time the function is called
    Inheriteduse externally seeded random numbers
    seeduse an explicit integer or string as a seed


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Basic Examples  (3)

Label two clusters of values in a list:

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Label a vector of strings:

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Cluster analysis of an MR image:

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Scope  (10)

Options  (13)

Applications  (2)

Properties & Relations  (3)

Possible Issues  (1)

Introduced in 2010
Updated in 2018