Random Projections and Sampling Algorithms for Clustering of High-Dimensional Polygonal Curves

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 32 (NeurIPS 2019)

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Stefan Meintrup, Alexander Munteanu, Dennis Rohde


We study the $k$-median clustering problem for high-dimensional polygonal curves with finite but unbounded number of vertices. We tackle the computational issue that arises from the high number of dimensions by defining a Johnson-Lindenstrauss projection for polygonal curves. We analyze the resulting error in terms of the Fr\'echet distance, which is a tractable and natural dissimilarity measure for curves. Our clustering algorithms achieve sublinear dependency on the number of input curves via subsampling. Also, we show that the Fr\'echet distance can not be approximated within any factor of less than $\sqrt{2}$ by probabilistically reducing the dependency on the number of vertices of the curves. As a consequence we provide a fast, CUDA-parallelized version of the Alt and Godau algorithm for computing the Fr\'echet distance and use it to evaluate our results empirically.