# How to adjust a cloud point to meet the minimum distance requirement?

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John D'Errico
on 15 Nov 2021

Edited: John D'Errico
on 15 Nov 2021

Sorry, but no. There is no analytical solution that would provide the clustering that you wish to achieve. You can use clustering tools like kmeans to do so, but these are typically iterative methods, and will rely on you telling the tool how many such clusters to expect. As well, they will typically require starting estimates for the centers of the clusters.

There are mutliple variations of clustering algorithms, all iterative. They use various schemes for inter-point distance computations, etc. Look at the stats toolbox tool kmeans. While you could write your own code, this is not at all a good idea, since people have been developing clustering algorithms for many years now. I recall seeing talks on the topic from 40 years ago.

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