This CRAN Task View contains a list of packages that can be
used for finding groups in data and modeling unobserved
crosssectional heterogeneity. Many packages provide functionality for
more than one of the topics listed below, the section headings are
mainly meant as quick starting points rather than an ultimate
categorization. Except for packages stats and cluster (which ship with
base R and hence are part of every R installation), each package is
listed only once.
Most of the packages listed in this CRAN Task View, but not all are
distributed under the GPL. Please have a look at the DESCRIPTION file
of each package to check under which license it is distributed.
Hierarchical Clustering:

Functions
hclust()
from package stats and
agnes()
from
cluster
are the primary
functions for agglomerative hierarchical clustering, function
diana()
can be used for divisive hierarchical
clustering. Faster alternatives to
hclust()
are
provided by the packages
fastcluster
and
flashClust.

Function
dendrogram()
from stats and associated
methods can be used for improved visualization for cluster
dendrograms.

The
dendextend
package provides functions for easy
visualization (coloring labels and branches, etc.), manipulation
(rotating, pruning, etc.) and comparison of dendrograms (tangelgrams
with heuristics for optimal branch rotations, and tree correlation
measures with bootstrap and permutation tests for
significance).

Package
dynamicTreeCut
contains methods for detection
of clusters in hierarchical clustering dendrograms.

hybridHclust
implements hybrid hierarchical
clustering via mutual clusters.

Package
isopam
uses an algorithm which is based on
the classification of ordination scores from isometric feature
mapping. The classification is performed either as a hierarchical,
divisive method or as nonhierarchical partitioning.

pvclust
is a package for assessing the uncertainty in
hierarchical cluster analysis. It provides approximately
unbiased pvalues as well as bootstrap pvalues.

Package
sparcl
provides clustering for a set of
n
observations when
p
variables are available, where
p
>>
n
. It adaptively chooses a set of variables
to use in clustering the observations. Sparse Kmeans clustering and
sparse hierarchical clustering are implemented.
Partitioning Clustering:

Function
kmeans()
from package stats provides
several algorithms for computing partitions with respect to
Euclidean distance.

Function
pam()
from package
cluster
implements
partitioning around medoids and can work with arbitrary
distances. Function
clara()
is a
wrapper to
pam()
for larger data sets. Silhouette plots
and spanning ellipses can be used for visualization.

Package
apcluster
implements Frey's and Dueck's
Affinity Propagation clustering. The algorithms in the package are analogous
to the Matlab code published by Frey and Dueck.

Package
bayesclust
allows to test and search for
clusters in a hierarchical Bayes model.

Package
clusterSim
allows to search for the optimal
clustering procedure for a given dataset.

Package
flexclust
provides kcentroid cluster
algorithms for arbitrary distance measures, hard competitive
learning, neural gas and QT clustering. Neighborhood graphs and
image plots of partitions are available for visualization. Some of
this functionality is also provided by package
cclust.

Package
kernlab
provides a weighted kernel version of
the kmeans algorithm by
kkmeans
and spectral
clustering by
specc.

Packages
kml
and
kml3d
provide kmeans
clustering specifically for longitudinal (joint) data.

Package
skmeans
allows spherical kMeans Clustering,
i.e. kmeans clustering with cosine similarity. It features several
methods, including a genetic and a simple fixedpoint algorithm and
an interface to the CLUTO vcluster program for clustering
highdimensional datasets.

Package
trimcluster
provides trimmed kmeans
clustering.
ModelBased Clustering:

ML estimation:

For semi or partially supervised problems, where for a part of
the observations labels are given with certainty or with some
probability, package
bgmm
provides beliefbased and
softlabel mixture modeling for mixtures of Gaussians with the EM
algorithm.

EMCluster
provides EM algorithms and several
efficient initialization methods for modelbased clustering of
finite mixture Gaussian distribution with unstructured dispersion in
unsupervised as well as semisupervised learning situation.

Package
FisherEM
is a subspace clustering method
which allows for efficient unsupervised classification of
highdimensional data. It is based on the Gaussian mixture model and
on the idea that the data lives in a common and low dimensional
subspace. An EMlike algorithm estimates both the discriminative
subspace and the parameters of the mixture model.

Package
HDclassif
provides function
hddc
to fit Gaussian mixture model to highdimensional data where it is
assumed that the data lives in a lower dimension than the original
space.

Package
teigen
allows to fit multivariate
tdistribution mixture models (with eigendecomposed covariance
structure) from a clustering or classification point of
view.

Package
mclust
fits mixtures of Gaussians using the
EM algorithm. It allows fine control of volume and shape of
covariance matrices and agglomerative hierarchical clustering based
on maximum likelihood. It provides comprehensive strategies using
hierarchical clustering, EM and the Bayesian Information Criterion
(BIC) for clustering, density estimation, and discriminant
analysis. Package
Rmixmod
provides tools for fitting
mixture models of multivariate Gaussian or multinomial components to
a given data set with either a clustering, a density estimation or a
discriminant analysis point of view.
mclust
provides only
10 of the 14 possible variancecovariance structures based on the
eigenvalue decomposition. All 14 variants are provided by packages
mixture
and
Rmixmod.

Package
MetabolAnalyze
fits mixtures of probabilistic
principal component analysis with the EM algorithm.

For grouped conditional data package
mixdist
can be
used.

Fitting finite mixtures of uni and multivariate scale mixtures
of skewnormal distributions with the EM algorithm is provided by
package
mixsmsn.

Package
movMF
fits finite mixtures of von
MisesFisher distributions with the EM algorithm.

Package
MFDA
implements modelbased functional data
analysis.

Package
GLDEX
fits mixtures of generalized lambda
distributions and for grouped conditional data package
mixdist
can be used.

mritc
provides tools for classification using normal
mixture models and (higher resolution) hidden Markov normal mixture
models fitted by various methods.

prabclus
clusters a presenceabsence matrix
object by calculating an MDS
from the distances, and applying maximum likelihood Gaussian
mixtures clustering to the MDS
points.

Package
psychomix
estimates mixtures of the
dichotomous Rasch model (via conditional ML) and the BradleyTerry
model. Package
mixRasch
estimates mixture Rasch models,
including the dichotomous Rasch model, the rating scale model, and
the partial credit model with joint maximum likelihood estimation.

Package
pmclust
allows to use unsupervised
modelbased clustering for high dimensional (ultra) large data. The
package uses pbdMPI to perform a parallel version of the EM
algorithm for mixtures of Gaussians.

Bayesian estimation:

Bayesian estimation of finite mixtures of multivariate Gaussians
is possible using package
bayesm. The package provides
functionality for sampling from such a mixture as well as estimating
the model using Gibbs sampling. Additional functionality for
analyzing the MCMC chains is available for averaging
the moments over MCMC draws, for determining the marginal densities,
for clustering observations and for plotting the uni and bivariate
marginal densities.

Package
bayesMCClust
provides various Markov Chain
Monte Carlo samplers for modelbased clustering of discretevalued
time series obtained by observing a categorical variable with
several states using a Bayesian approach.

Package
bayesmix
provides Bayesian estimation using
JAGS.

Package
bclust
allows Bayesian clustering using a
spikeandslab hierarchical model and is suitable for clustering
highdimensional data.

Package
Bmix
provides Bayesian Sampling for
stickbreaking mixtures.

Package
dpmixsim
fits Dirichlet process mixture
models using conjugate models with normal structure. Package
profdpm
determines the maximum posterior estimate for
product partition models where the Dirichlet process mixture is a
specific case in the class.

Package
GSM
fits mixtures of gamma distributions.

Package
mixAK
contains a mixture of statistical
methods including the MCMC methods to analyze normal mixtures with
possibly censored data.

Package
mcclust
implements methods for processing a
sample of (hard) clusterings, e.g. the MCMC output of a Bayesian
clustering model. Among them are methods that find a single best
clustering to represent the sample, which are based on the posterior
similarity matrix or a relabeling algorithm.

Package
PReMiuM
is a package for profile regression,
which is a Dirichlet process Bayesian clustering where the response
is linked nonparametrically to the covariate profile.

Package
rjags
provides an interface to the JAGS
MCMC library which includes a module for mixture modelling.

Other estimation methods:

Package
AdMit
allows to fit an adaptive mixture of Studentt
distributions to approximate a target density through its kernel
function.

Package
pendensity
estimates densities with a penalized
mixture approach.

Robust estimation using Weighted Likelihood can be done with
package
wle.
Other Cluster Algorithms:

Package
amap
provides alternative implementations
of kmeans and agglomerative hierarchical clustering.

Package
biclust
provides several algorithms to find
biclusters in twodimensional data.

Package
cba
implements clustering techniques for
business analytics like "rock" and "proximus".

Package
CHsharp
clusters 3dimensional data into
their local modes based on a convergent form of Choi and Hall's
(1999) data sharpening method.

Package
clue
implements ensemble methods for both
hierarchical and partitioning cluster methods.

Package
CoClust
implements a cluster algorithm that
is based on copula functions and therefore allows to group
observations according to the multivariate dependence structure of
the generating process without any assumptions on the margins.

Fuzzy clustering and bagged clustering are available in
package
e1071.

Package
compHclust
provides complimentary
hierarchical clustering which was especially designed for microarray
data to uncover structures present in the data that arise from
'weak' genes.

Package
FactoClass
performs a combination of
factorial methods and cluster analysis.

The
hopach
algorithm is a hybrid between
hierarchical methods and PAM and builds a tree by
recursively partitioning a data set.

For graphs and networks modelbased clustering approaches are
implemented in packages
latentnet
and
mixer.

Package
nnclust
allows fast clustering of large data sets
by constructing a minimum spanning tree for each cluster. For each
cluster the procedure is stopped when the nearestneighbor distance
rises above a specified threshold. A set of clusters and a
set of "outliers" not in any cluster is returned. The algorithm works best for
wellseparated clusters in up to 8 dimensions, and sample sizes up
to hundreds of thousands.

Package
optpart
contains a set of algorithms for
creating partitions and coverings of objects largely based on
operations on similarity relations (or matrices).

Package
pdfCluster
provides tools to perform cluster
analysis via kernel density estimation. Clusters are associated to
the maximally connected components with estimated density above a
threshold. In addition a tree structure associated with the
connected components is obtained.

Package
randomLCA
provides the fitting of latent
class models which optionally also include a random effect. Package
poLCA
allows for polytomous variable latent class
analysis and regression.
BayesLCA
allows to fit Bayesian
LCA models employing the EM algorithm, Gibbs sampling or variational
Bayes methods.

Package
RPMM
fits recursively partitioned mixture
models for Beta and Gaussian Mixtures. This is a modelbased
clustering algorithm that returns a hierarchy of classes, similar to
hierarchical clustering, but also similar to finite mixture
models.

Selforganizing maps are available in package
som.

Several packages provide cluster algorithms which have been
developed for bioinformatics applications. These packages include
FunCluster
for profiling microarray expression data
and
ORIClust
for orderrestricted informationbased clustering.
Clusterwise Regression:

Package
flexmix
implements an userextensible
framework for EMestimation of mixtures of regression models,
including mixtures of (generalized) linear models.

Package
fpc
provides fixedpoint methods both for
modelbased clustering and linear regression. A collection of
asymmetric projection methods can be used to plot various
aspects of a clustering.

Multigroup mixtures of latent Markov models on mixed categorical
and continuous data (including time series) can be fitted using
depmix
or
depmixS4. The parameters are
optimized using a general purpose optimization routine given linear
and nonlinear constraints on the parameters.

Package
mixreg
fits mixtures of onevariable
regressions and provides the bootstrap test for the number of
components.

Package
lcmm
fits a latent class linear mixed model
which is also known as growth mixture model or heterogeneous linear
mixed model using a maximum likelihood method.

mixtools
provides fitting with the EM algorithm for
parametric and nonparametric (multivariate) mixtures. Parametric
mixtures include mixtures of multinomials, multivariate normals,
normals with repeated measures, Poisson regressions and Gaussian
regressions (with random effects). Nonparametric mixtures include
the univariate semiparametric case where symmetry is imposed for
identifiability and multivariate nonparametric mixtures with
conditional independent assumption. In addition fitting mixtures of
Gaussian regressions with the MetropolisHastings algorithm is
available.

mixPHM
fits mixtures of proportional hazard models
with the EM algorithm.

Package
gamlss.mx
fits
finite mixtures of gamlss family distributions.
Additional Functionality:

Mixtures of univariate normal distributions can be printed
and plotted using package
nor1mix.

Packages
gcExplorer
and
clusterfly
allow
to visualise the results of clustering algorithms.

Package
clusterGeneration
contains functions for
generating random clusters and random covariance/correlation
matrices, calculating a separation index (data and population
version) for pairs of clusters or cluster distributions, and 1D and
2D projection plots to visualize clusters.
Alternatively
MixSim
generates a finite mixture model
with Gaussian components for prespecified levels of maximum and/or
average overlaps. This model can be used to simulate data for
studying the performance of cluster algorithms.

For cluster validation package
clusterRepro
tests the
reproducibility of a cluster. Package
clv
contains
popular internal and external cluster validation methods ready to
use for most of the outputs produced by functions from package
cluster
and
clValid
calculates several
stability measures.

Package
clustvarsel
provides variable selection for
modelbased clustering.

Functionality to compare the similarity between two cluster
solutions is provided by
cluster.stats()
in package
fpc.

The stability of kcentroid clustering solutions fitted using
functions from package
flexclust
can also be validated
via
bootFlexclust()
using bootstrap methods.

Package
MOCCA
provides methods to analyze cluster
alternatives based on multiobjective optimization of cluster
validation indices.

Package
seriation
provides
dissplot()
for
visualizing dissimilarity matrices using seriation and matrix shading.
This also allows to inspect cluster quality by restricting objects
belonging to the same cluster to be displayed in consecutive order.

Package
sigclust
provides a statistical method for
testing the significance of clustering results.