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The Journal of Operations Research, Statistics, Econometrics and Management Information Systems

Classification of Cancer Types by Cluster Analysis Methods


Aynur İncekırık, Ph.D.

Öznur İşçi Güneri, Ph.D.

Burcu Durmuş


Cluster analysis can be defined as the group of methods that aim to classify multivariate observations by using similarity/dissimilarity measures between observations. The clusters obtained as a result of the analysis are required to be homogeneous within themselves and heterogeneous among themselves. This study aims to cluster cancer types in datasets created by considering age group characteristics according to gender. In the study, clustering analysis was applied to four different datasets created from the data registered between 1982 and 2016 for 57 cancer types in men and women according to age groups at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and the analysis results were evaluated and interpreted. In addition, in determining the clustering method and the number of clusters, Cophenetic correlation coefficients and 26 cluster validity indices were used, respectively. The distribution of cancer types in age groups determined by gender was observed in 4 different datasets created with 3 different age group characteristics that led to the best separation of cancer groups, and the clustering tendencies of cancers in the relevant age groups were investigated. R-3.5.1 package program was used for analyses. In this study, the analysis results of the k-means method and the average linkage method, which was decided to be the most successful method due to the high cophenetic correlation coefficient value, were evaluated and interpreted. The number of clusters was determined as 3 with the help of cluster validity indices. When the results obtained are examined, it is seen that breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men is the most common type of cancer in the age group of 40 and above, and that these cancers are alone in a cluster. In addition, it is seen that the 0-14 age group characteristic fails to separate the clusters.

Keywords: Cancer Types, Cluster Analysis, Cluster Validity İndex, Cophenetic Correlation Coefficient, K-means

Jel Classification: C01

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İncekırık, A., İşçi Güneri, Ö. & Durmuş, B. (). Classification of Cancer Types by Cluster Analysis Methods. Alphanumeric Journal, 9(1), 125-142. http://dx.doi.org/10.17093/alphanumeric.949958


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Volume 9, Issue 1, 2021


alphanumeric journal

Volume 9, Issue 1, 2021

Pages 125-142

Received: June 9, 2021

Accepted: June 28, 2021

Published: June 30, 2021

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