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Discriminant Analysis . Similar to Regression, except that criterion (or dependent variable) is categorical rather than continuous. -used to identify boundaries between groups of objects. For example: (a) does a person have the disease or not (b) Is someone a good credit risk or not?

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discriminant analysis

Discriminant Analysis

Similar to Regression, except that criterion (or dependent variable) is categorical rather than continuous.

-used to identify boundaries between groups of objects

For example: (a) does a person have the disease or not

(b) Is someone a good credit risk or not?

(c) Should a student be admitted to college?

benefits of discriminant analysis
Benefits of Discriminant Analysis
  • Similar to regression:
    • What predictor variables are related to the criterion (dependent variable)
    • Predict values on the criterion variable when given new values on the predictor variable
a cartoon of discriminant analysis showing the discriminant function
A cartoon of Discriminant Analysis: showing the Discriminant Function

Cutoff score to discriminate groups

cluster analysis
Cluster Analysis
  • Set of techniques used to partition a set of objects (people) into relatively homogenous subsets based on similarity.
  • Example Applications:
  • Psychology: classifying individuals into types
  • Regional Analysis: classifying cities into typology based on demographic and fiscal variables
  • Marketing research: classifying individuals into clusters
goal of cluster analysis
Goal of Cluster Analysis

Identify a few groups so that individuals / objects in a group are more similar than objects outside a group.

Reduce the set of n objects to less than n groups.

Thus it is a data reduction technique

similarity to factor analysis
Similarity to Factor Analysis

Factor Analysis and Cluster Analysis are both data reduction techniques.

Goal of Factor Analysis is to reduce original set of variables to smaller set of factors.

Goal of Cluster Analysis is to form groups from the people or objects, thus reducing original number of elements to fewer groups.

Factor Analysis can be seen as a clustering technique than is focused on the columns of data matrix, rather than the rows.

similarity to discriminant analysis
Similarity to Discriminant ANalysis

In Discriminant Analysis, groups are know a priori; I.e., all the observations are supposed to be correctly classified at the outset. Objective of analysis is to predict that classification from the predictor variables.

Cluster Analysis is used when the natural clusterings are not known. The objective is to discover is there are any natural groups.

In cluster analysis, one begins with groups that are undifferentiated, and tries to form groups and subgroups.

types of data
Types of Data

Ratings of n objects on p properties

distance data
Distance Data

Distance of n objects from each other

(can use categorical data, when you just know if

two objects are in the same group)