Visualisation Induced SOM (ViSOM)

  • Hujun Yin
Conference paper


When used for visualisation of high dimensional data, the self-organising map (SOM) requires a colouring scheme such as U-matrix to mark the distances between neurons. Even so, the structures of the data clusters may not be apparent and their shapes are often distorted. In this paper, a visualisation-induced SOM (ViSOM) is proposed as a new tool for data visualisation. The algorithm constrains the lateral contraction forces between a winning neuron and its neighbouring ones and hence regularises the inter-neuron distances. The mapping preserves directly the interneuron distances on the map along with the topology. It produces a graded mesh in the data space and can accommodate both training data and new arrivals. The ViSOM represents a class of discrete principal curves and surfaces.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hujun Yin
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  1. 1.Dept. of Electrical Engineering and ElectronicsUMISTManchesterUK

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