Cluster/Group Point Data based on distance?

Discussion created by BrianYoung on Jan 10, 2012
Latest reply on Jul 8, 2013 by acmoodys
I have a point layer of 2800 maintenance locations in the state of Virginia.  I want to cluster these points into 2, 3, or 5 mile buffers.  For example I want to group many points around a center point with the points no more than 5 miles away.  I also want to do these using the least amount of 2, 3, or 5 mile buffers.  For example I want an output of say 500 buffers that represent the best possible and most effective grouping of the points.  The points are Not weighted they are just locations.

What tool would I use to do this?

Spatial Analyst?
Network Analyst?
Business Analyst?

I read that 10.1 beta has k mean clustering.  Is that a raster or vector output?  How many clusters does it group your data into.

Thank You