Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Sayeh, Mohammad Reza


The Vector Quantization (VQ) model proposes a powerful solution for data clustering. Its design indicates a specific combination of concepts from machine learning and dynamical systems theory to classify input data into distinct groups. The model evolves over time to better match the distribution of the input data. This adaptive feature is a strength of the model, as it allows the cluster centers to shift according to the input patterns, effectively quantizing the data distribution. It is a gradient dynamical system, using the energy function V as its Lyapunov function, and thus possesses properties of convergence and stability. These characteristics make the VQ model a promising tool for complex data analysis tasks, including those encountered in machine learning, data mining, and pattern recognition.In this study, we have applied the dynamic model to the "Breast Cancer Wisconsin Diagnostic" dataset, a comprehensive collection of features derived from digitized images of fine needle aspirate (FNA) of breast masses. This dataset, comprising various diagnostic measurements related to breast cancer, poses a unique challenge for clustering due to its high dimensionality and the critical nature of its application in medical diagnostics. By employing the model, we aim to demonstrate its efficacy in handling complex, multidimensional data, especially in the realm of medical pattern recognition and data mining. This integration not only highlights the model's versatility in different domains but also showcases its potential in contributing significantly to medical diagnostics, particularly in breast cancer identification and classification.




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