cluster analysis

noun

Definition of cluster analysis

: a statistical classification technique for discovering whether the individuals of a population fall into different groups by making quantitative comparisons of multiple characteristics

First Known Use of cluster analysis

1948, in the meaning defined above

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“Cluster analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cluster%20analysis. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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