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Contour approximation of data: A duality theory

İyigün, Cem
Ben-Israel, Adi
Given a dataset D partitioned in clusters, the joint distance function (JDF)J(x) at any point x is the harmonic mean of the distances between x and the cluster centers. The JDF is a continuous function, capturing the data points in its lower level sets (a property called contour approximation), and is a useful concept in probabilistic clustering and data analysis.