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I have some data reduced by TSNE into a 2D representation, which shows clear spatial features.

2D data organized by TSNE

However, I'd like to format this into a grid – not just snapping data to the nearest grid square but spreading everything out to fill up a grid, preserving (as much as possible) the existing spatial relationships.

So far, I've only found this article which might close to what I need? This process might already have a name and I'm just one step from an easy Google solution, but at the moment I'm stuck!

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  • $\begingroup$ What do you hope to accomplish by doing this? $\endgroup$ – Emre Jan 24 '17 at 1:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Emre – see my answer below for images of the result. I wanted to do something similar to cs.stanford.edu/people/karpathy/cnnembed but for text. $\endgroup$ – JeffThompson Jan 24 '17 at 13:35
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There seem to be a few options, but I found rasterfairy which is very easy to install and use. Has the added bonus of being able to fit to a rectangular grid, but also circular and other arbitrary shapes.

A very nice IronPython notebook example: https://github.com/Quasimondo/RasterFairy/blob/master/examples/Raster%20Fairy%20Demo%201.ipynb

And some example results:

tsne before gridding

gridded tsne

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  • $\begingroup$ Looks like it dosen't have python 3 support. What a shame $\endgroup$ – DollarAkshay Feb 7 '19 at 7:06
  • $\begingroup$ My lab made a fork of this library with identical API and python 3 support. Just pip install yale-dhlab-facenet. pypi.org/project/yale-dhlab-facenet $\endgroup$ – duhaime Sep 23 '19 at 13:13

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