Agilent has received US Patent Number 6,421,668, “Method and system for partitioning data into subsets of related data.” This patent covers methods in which arbitrary metrics are applied to different data entities to partition them into subsets in several iterations. During each iteration, candidate entities with high affinities toward the subset are added, and those for which affinities have decreased are removed. The aim is to obtain an optimal or near-optimal partitioning of data.

 

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