Date Added: Apr 2012
Data clustering is a common technique for data analysis and is used in many fields, including data mining, pattern recognition and image analysis. K-means clustering is a common and simple approach for data clustering but this method has some limitation such as local optimal convergence and initial point sensibility. Firefly algorithm is a swarm based algorithm that use for solving optimization problems. This paper presents a new approach to using firefly algorithm to cluster data. It is shown how firefly algorithm can be used to find the centroid of the user specified number of clusters. The algorithm then extended to use k-means clustering to refined centroids and clusters. This new hybrid algorithm called K-FA.