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*** Distinctive Approximate K-Means ***
Author: Hongwen Henry Kang (

Implementation of:
[1] Hongwen Kang, Martial Hebert, Takeo Kanade. "Image Matching with Distinctive Visual Vocabulary", In Proceedings of the IEEE Workshop on Applications of Computer Vision 2011 (WACV 2011). Kona, Hawaii, 2011. 

./DAKMeans feats.txt num_feat dim_feat K output_dir [cluster_output.txt] [memberof_output.txt] [flann_output.txt] [num_thread] [num_trial] [feat_select.txt] [lambda] [Rp] [n] [cluster_stats.txt] [weight_file] [cluster_init]

./DAKMeans toy_norm2.txt 2174 2 4 ./toy_output
Your resulted cluster centers should be close to the ones shown in toy_norm2_cluster.txt.  

Running this program on such a small toy example takes longer time than normal kmeans such as in Matlab, which is normal.  The efficiency of this program is much more significant/advantageous when handling larg scale datasets, such as tens of millions of samples. For example, running one round of this program on a dataset of 10 million feature point of 31 dimensions took about 2 hours, with <2GB memory and 5 threads, each round executed 10 iterations.
The program is in-space, i.e., it requires negligible extra memory other than the feature data points. 

g++ DAKMeans.cpp -O3 -Wall -I/path/to/your/include -L/path/to/your/lib -o DAKMeans -lflann -pthread
Replace /path/to/your/include and /path/to/your/lib with corresponding path to your include directory and lib directory, or others where you placed the FLANN library in.

1. FLANN library:
2. pthread library

Software features:
1. Approximate nearest neighbor in cluster assignment (using FLANN library) 
2. Multiple threading (using pthread library)
3. Measuring statistics of K-Means to find distictive clusters [1]
4. Select portions of features points from the input feature file (default: use all features) 
5. Apply different weightings to the selected features points (default: equally weighted)
6. Allows for discarding feature points with slack variable lambda

Input format:
1. Feature file: [nxp]
n rows of p space separated float numbers, each row corresponds to a feature point

2. Select file: [nx1]
n rows of binary 0|1 numbers, feature i is selected if row i is 1, otherwise ignored
Total number of 1s: m
default: m=n

3. Weight file: [nx1]
n rows of float values, each corresponding to the weight of a feature

4. number of clusters, K: [1x1]

5. num_thread: [1x1]
number of threads to use. Should be equal to or less than number of clusters.
default: 5

6. num_trial: [1x1]
number of trials to run K-means, the solution is updated after each trial if the energy reduces
default: 5

7. lambda: [1x1] or "null"
Slacking variable for discarding feature points, if the minimum distance of a feature point to the cluster centers is greater than lambda, it is discarded.
default: DBL_MAX, i.e. no feature points will be discarded
"null" means using default value

8. Rp [1x1] and n [1x1]
see paper [1] for details

9. cluster_init: "init"
Flag to check whether we should use initialization used before.  This is to garauntee that the initializations are the same between different runs of the program, since K-means solution depends on initialization.  This is a good practice to compare results with different parameters.

Output files format:
1. cluster file: [Kxp]
K rows of p space separated float numbers, each row corresponds to a cluster center

2. memberof file: [mx1]
m rows of integers ([0, K-1]), each corresponds to the cluster index of a feature point

3. flann file: see FLANN library document

4. cluster stats file: [Kxdim_stats]
K rows of statistics for K-means clusters, see [1] for details
In each row, S: 
S[0], distance of cluster center to its 1-nearest neighbor: d_{NN} 
S[1], Nc, number of neighbors within distance Rp*d_{NN}
S[2], distinctiveness statistics: P=(1-1/(Rp)^n)^Nc
S[2*i+1], feature id of the ith nearest neighbor, i=1,2,...,10
S[2*i+2], distance of the cluster center to the ith nearest neighbor, i=1,2,...,10

*In its vanilla state, this program can be used as a way to calculate approximate K-means clustering, by ignoring the parameters related to distinctiveness statistics, e.g., lambda, Rp, n
*This software is provided as-is, i.e., with absolutely no garauntee of service, please use it at your own risk.
*Commercial use of this program is prohibited.
*Please cite [1] if you are using this software.

Hongwen Henry Kang
June 13, 2012
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