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Application of k-means clustering in psychological studies

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Doi: 10.20982/tqmp.12.2.p087

Zakharov, Kyrylo
87-100
Keywords: cluster analysis , k-means clustering , algorithms , data processing , validation of clustering solutions , meta-analysis
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This article analyzes the scientific literature on k-means clustering and considers how this method is used in psychological studies, based on a sample of articles. It is shown that the majority of publications contains insufficient description of k-means clustering procedures, which can lead to non-reproducibility of research results. This article describes in detail the general steps to follow to perform a k-mean clustering analysis and the decisions to be taken in accordance with its use in the research practice. Recommendations for further improving the quality of scientific papers using k-means clustering are given.


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