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st: RE: About Cluster Analysis


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: About Cluster Analysis
Date   Tue, 20 Apr 2004 12:54:52 +0100

Jon Ebeling
 
> Can anyone direct me to a few articles or a book that takes a 
> critical 
> view of the methods in Cluster Analysis. It seems to me it is derived 
> from the older form of positioning persons using Q sorts. Is this 
> correct 

I haven't heard of this method. But cluster analysis has many 
roots, both inside and outside statistics in the narrow sense. 

> and if it is, what are the methodological problems in 
> the use of Clustering methods?

No doubt some-one could write a book about this. 
One classic survey, still worth reading, is 
the paper by Cormack in Journal, Royal Statistical Society
A 134: 321-367 1971. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

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