Medoids in almost linear time via multi-armed bandits

2 Nov 2017  ·  Vivek Bagaria, Govinda M. Kamath, Vasilis Ntranos, Martin J. Zhang, David Tse ·

Computing the medoid of a large number of points in high-dimensional space is an increasingly common operation in many data science problems. We present an algorithm Med-dit which uses O(n log n) distance evaluations to compute the medoid with high probability... Med-dit is based on a connection with the multi-armed bandit problem. We evaluate the performance of Med-dit empirically on the Netflix-prize and the single-cell RNA-Seq datasets, containing hundreds of thousands of points living in tens of thousands of dimensions, and observe a 5-10x improvement in performance over the current state of the art. Med-dit is available at read more

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