first of all thank you so much for sharing your knowledge of segmentations with me and providing me very helpful hints on my problems.

A colleague of mine asked me how the consensus solution in your CCEA is obtained and in the paper by Orme/Johnson, 2008 I found two possible explanations:

1.) Running a k-means with different starting points on the indicator matrix and considering the most reproducible solution as the final solution.

2.) Running a k-means with different starting points on the indicator matrix and repeat the process (CCC....C) until no reclassification occurs. The previous candidate solution is then taken as final solution.

Now, in my CCEA Output I see both:

"Reproducibility in first clustering step is xx.x%"

and

"Clustering on Clusters converged in 2 steps."

Which solution is now taken as the Consensus? The one that has the reproducibility of xx.x% or the one that has been obtained by CCC in 2 steps? Or am I on the wrong path and both solutions are the same?

Thanks again for your help

Arnold