sklearn.manifold
.smacof¶

sklearn.manifold.
smacof
(dissimilarities, *, metric=True, n_components=2, init=None, n_init=8, n_jobs=None, max_iter=300, verbose=0, eps=0.001, random_state=None, return_n_iter=False)[source]¶ Computes multidimensional scaling using the SMACOF algorithm.
The SMACOF (Scaling by MAjorizing a COmplicated Function) algorithm is a multidimensional scaling algorithm which minimizes an objective function (the stress) using a majorization technique. Stress majorization, also known as the Guttman Transform, guarantees a monotone convergence of stress, and is more powerful than traditional techniques such as gradient descent.
The SMACOF algorithm for metric MDS can summarized by the following steps:
Set an initial start configuration, randomly or not.
Compute the stress
Compute the Guttman Transform
Iterate 2 and 3 until convergence.
The nonmetric algorithm adds a monotonic regression step before computing the stress.
 Parameters
 dissimilaritiesndarray of shape (n_samples, n_samples)
Pairwise dissimilarities between the points. Must be symmetric.
 metricbool, default=True
Compute metric or nonmetric SMACOF algorithm.
 n_componentsint, default=2
Number of dimensions in which to immerse the dissimilarities. If an
init
array is provided, this option is overridden and the shape ofinit
is used to determine the dimensionality of the embedding space. initndarray of shape (n_samples, n_components), default=None
Starting configuration of the embedding to initialize the algorithm. By default, the algorithm is initialized with a randomly chosen array.
 n_initint, default=8
Number of times the SMACOF algorithm will be run with different initializations. The final results will be the best output of the runs, determined by the run with the smallest final stress. If
init
is provided, this option is overridden and a single run is performed. n_jobsint, default=None
The number of jobs to use for the computation. If multiple initializations are used (
n_init
), each run of the algorithm is computed in parallel.None
means 1 unless in ajoblib.parallel_backend
context.1
means using all processors. See Glossary for more details. max_iterint, default=300
Maximum number of iterations of the SMACOF algorithm for a single run.
 verboseint, default=0
Level of verbosity.
 epsfloat, default=1e3
Relative tolerance with respect to stress at which to declare convergence.
 random_stateint or RandomState instance, default=None
Determines the random number generator used to initialize the centers. Pass an int for reproducible results across multiple function calls. See :term:
Glossary <random_state>
. return_n_iterbool, default=False
Whether or not to return the number of iterations.
 Returns
 Xndarray of shape (n_samples, n_components)
Coordinates of the points in a
n_components
space. stressfloat
The final value of the stress (sum of squared distance of the disparities and the distances for all constrained points).
 n_iterint
The number of iterations corresponding to the best stress. Returned only if
return_n_iter
is set toTrue
.
Notes
“Modern Multidimensional Scaling  Theory and Applications” Borg, I.; Groenen P. Springer Series in Statistics (1997)
“Nonmetric multidimensional scaling: a numerical method” Kruskal, J. Psychometrika, 29 (1964)
“Multidimensional scaling by optimizing goodness of fit to a nonmetric hypothesis” Kruskal, J. Psychometrika, 29, (1964)