Clustering of distributed databases facilitates knowledge discovery through learning of new concepts that characterise common features and differences between datasets. Hence, general patterns can be learned rather than restricting learning to specific databases from which rules may not be generalisable. We cluster databases that hold aggregate count data on categorical attributes that have been classified according to homogeneous or heterogeneous classification schemes. Clustering of datasets is carried out via the probability distributions that describe their respective aggregates. The homogeneous case is straightforward. For heterogeneous data we investigate a number of clustering strategies, of which the most efficient avoid the need to compute a dynamic shared ontology to homogenise the classification schemes prior to clustering.
- Distributed databases
- Probabilistic clustering
- Dynamic shared ontology
McClean, SI., Scotney, BW., Morrow, PJ., & Greer, KRC. (2005). Knowledge discovery by probabilistic clustering of distributed databases. Data and Knowledge Engineering, 54(2), 189-210. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.datak.2004.12.001