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a set of statistical methods used to group variables or observations into strongly interrelated subgroups.
Etymology: AS, clyster, growing together; Gk, analyein, to loosen
(in statistics) a complex technique of data analysis of numeric scale scores that produces clusters of variables related to one another. The technique is performed with computer software or statistics programs.
clus·ter anal·y·sis(klŭstĕr ă-nali-sis)
Set of statistical methods used to group variablesor observations into strongly interrelated subgroups.
cluster analysisa statistical method of arranging a set of observations into sub-sets, each of which groups together those observations having similarities.
n a complex statistical technique of data analysis of numeric scale scores, producing clusters of variables related to one another.
1. in epidemiological terms a naturally occurring group of similar units, e.g. animals which resemble each other, with respect to one or more variables, more than animals in different groups do, or a group of cases of a single disease in time or space.
2. assembly of claw and teat cups, as part of a milking machine.
1. statistical methods used to group variables or observations into strongly interrelated subgroups.
2. a statistical analysis of the relationships between clusters in time and/or space.
see cluster sampling.