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## What is predict in Kmeans?

predict() or . transform() is to **apply a trained model to** data. If you want to fit the model and apply it to the same data during training, there are . fit_predict() or . fit_transform() for convenience.

## How does Kmeans determine k value?

Calculate the Within-Cluster-Sum of Squared Errors (WSS) for different values of k, and choose the k for which WSS becomes first starts to diminish. In the plot of WSS-versus-k, this is visible as an elbow. Within-Cluster-Sum of Squared Errors sounds a bit complex.

## Can you use clustering for prediction?

In general, **clustering is not classification or prediction**. However, you can try to improve your classification by using the information gained from clustering.

## Is K-means supervised or unsupervised?

K-means clustering is the **unsupervised machine** learning algorithm that is part of a much deep pool of data techniques and operations in the realm of Data Science. It is the fastest and most efficient algorithm to categorize data points into groups even when very little information is available about data.

## Can clustering lead to a better classifier?

Clustering apart from being an unsupervised machine learning can also be used to **create clusters as features to improve classification models**. On their own they aren’t enough for classification as the results show. But when used as features they improve model accuracy.

## How many clusters are in k-means?

The optimal number of clusters k is the one that maximize the average silhouette over a range of possible values for k. This also suggests an optimal of **2 clusters**.

## How do you select the number of clusters in k-means?

**The optimal number of clusters can be defined as follow:**

- Compute clustering algorithm (e.g., k-means clustering) for different values of k. …
- For each k, calculate the total within-cluster sum of square (wss).
- Plot the curve of wss according to the number of clusters k.

## What is the difference between clustering and prediction?

**Predictive** models are sometimes called learning with a teacher, whereas in clustering you’re left completely alone. Predictive models split data into training and testing subsample which is used for verifying computed model. Predictive (or regression) model typically assign weights to each attribute.

## Why clustering is used?

Clustering is an **unsupervised machine learning method of identifying and grouping similar data points in larger datasets without concern for the specific outcome**. Clustering (sometimes called cluster analysis) is usually used to classify data into structures that are more easily understood and manipulated.

## Can clustering be used for predictive analytics?

Identifying clusters of similar customers can help you develop a marketing strategy that addresses the needs of specific clusters. Moreover, data **clustering** can also help you identify, learn, or predict the nature of new data items — especially how new data can be linked with making predictions.

## Why do we use K-means algorithm?

The K-means clustering algorithm is **used to find groups which have not been explicitly labeled in the data**. This can be used to confirm business assumptions about what types of groups exist or to identify unknown groups in complex data sets.

## How do I use Kmeans?

**Introduction to K-Means Clustering**

- Step 1: Choose the number of clusters k. …
- Step 2: Select k random points from the data as centroids. …
- Step 3: Assign all the points to the closest cluster centroid. …
- Step 4: Recompute the centroids of newly formed clusters. …
- Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4.

## What is Pam algorithm?

The PAM algorithm **searches for k representative objects in a data set** (k medoids) and then assigns each object to the closest medoid in order to create clusters. Its aim is to minimize the sum of dissimilarities between the objects in a cluster and the center of the same cluster (medoid).