AskDefine | Define clustering

Dictionary Definition

clustering n : a grouping of a number of similar things; "a bunch of trees"; "a cluster of admirers" [syn: bunch, clump, cluster]

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English

Verb form

clustering
  1. present participle of cluster

Noun

  1. The action of the verb to cluster.
  2. A grouping of a number of similar things.
  3. In the context of "demographics": The grouping of a population based on ethnicity, economics or religion.
  4. In the context of "writing": A prewriting technique consisting of writing ideas down on a sheet of paper around a central idea within a circle, with the related ideas radially joined to the circle using rays.

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Extensive Definition

Clustering can refer to
  • Computer clustering - the connection of many low-cost computers to be used as one larger computer.
  • In computer science, the undesirable, contiguous grouping of elements in a hash table.
  • Data clustering - a technique for data analysis by partitioning a data set into subsets whose elements share common traits.
  • In demographics, the gathering of various populations based on ethnicity, economics or religion.
  • In writing, a "pre-writing" technique to organize ideas using "ball-and-stick" diagrams similar to mind maps. The term was popularized by Gabriele Rico's 1983 book Writing the Natural Way: Turn the Task of Writing Into the Joy of Writing.
  • In physics - formation of clusters: regions of enhanced concentration of particles of matter.
clustering in French: Clustering
clustering in Japanese: クラスタリング
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