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Hierarchical clustering of samples

A hierarchical clustering of samples is a tree representation of their relative similarity.
The tree structure is generated by

- letting each sample be a cluster
- calculating pairwise distances between all clusters
- joining the two closest clusters into one new cluster
- iterating 2-3 until there is only one cluster left (which will contain all samples).

(See [Eisen et al., 1998] for a classical example of application of a hierarchical clustering algorithm in microarray analysis. The example is on features rather than samples).

To start the clustering:

**Toolbox** | **Microarray and Small RNA Analysis ()**| **Quality Control** | **Hierarchical Clustering of Samples ()**

Select a number of samples ( () or ()) or an experiment () and click **Next**.

This will display a dialog as shown in figure 29.50. The hierarchical clustering algorithm requires that you specify a distance measure and a cluster linkage. The similarity measure is used to specify how distances between two samples should be calculated. The cluster distance metric specifies how you want the distance between two clusters, each consisting of a number of samples, to be calculated.

**Figure 29.50:** *Parameters for hierarchical clustering of samples.*

At the top, you can choose three kinds of **Distance measures**:

**Euclidean distance**. The ordinary distance between two points - the length of the segment connecting them. If and , then the Euclidean distance between and is**1 - Pearson correlation**. The Pearson correlation coefficient between two elements and is defined as**Manhattan distance**. The Manhattan distance between two points is the distance measured along axes at right angles. If and , then the Manhattan distance between and is

Next, you can select the cluster linkage to be used:

**Single linkage**. The distance between two clusters is computed as the distance between the two closest elements in the two clusters.**Average linkage**. The distance between two clusters is computed as the average distance between objects from the first cluster and objects from the second cluster. The averaging is performed over all pairs , where is an object from the first cluster and is an object from the second cluster.**Complete linkage**. The distance between two clusters is computed as the maximal object-to-object distance , where comes from the first cluster, and comes from the second cluster. In other words, the distance between two clusters is computed as the distance between the two farthest objects in the two clusters.

At the bottom, you can select which values to cluster (see Selecting transformed and normalized values for analysis).

Click **Finish** to start the tool.

**Note:** To be run on a server, the tool has to be included in a workflow, and the results will be displayed in a a stand-alone new heat map rather than added into the input experiment table.

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