ocean800 - 1 year ago 193
Python Question

# Sklearn Kmeans parameter confusion?

So I can run

`sklearn kmeans`
as the following:

``````kmeans = KMeans(n_clusters=3,init='random',n_init=10,max_iter=500)
``````

But I'm a little confused on what the parameters mean

so
`n_init`
says:

Number of time the k-means algorithm will be run with different centroid seeds. The final results will be the best output of n_init consecutive runs in terms of inertia.

and
`max_iter`
says:

Maximum number of iterations of the k-means algorithm for a single run.

But I don't completely understand what that means. Is
`n_init`
the number of times the centroids are moved closer to the points mean, given an initial set of centroids?

And is
`max_iter`
the number of times the whole algorithm is run with new initial centroids?

So for example, with
`max_iter=2`
,
`n_init=15`
, kmeans will choose initial centroids, then move those centroids 15 times and come up with a clustering result. Then kmeans will choose initial centroids again, move those centroids 15 times, and stop. Then, it will pick the best clutering out of the two runs?

Thanks for the help!

Or is the the exact opposite of what I have here... ?

With `max_iter=2` and `n_init=15`, kmeans will choose initial centroids 15 times and move up to twice on each of the 15 runs.
The default values are `n_init=10` and `max_iter=300`. This means the initial centroids will be chosen 10 times, and each run will use up to 300 iterations. The best out of those 10 runs will be the final result.