rangesearch
Find all neighbors within specified distance using input data
Description
Examples
Find All Points Within Specified Distance
Find the X
points that are within a Euclidean distance 1.5
of each Y
point. Both X
and Y
are samples of fivedimensional normally distributed variables.
rng('default') % For reproducibility X = randn(100,5); Y = randn(10,5); [Idx,D] = rangesearch(X,Y,1.5)
Idx=10×1 cell array
{[ 25 62 33 99 87 92 16]}
{[ 92 25]}
{[ 93 42 31 73 60 28 78 83 48 89 85]}
{[ 92 41]}
{[44 7 28 78 75 42 69 31 1 26 83 93]}
{[ 15 31 89 41 27 17 29 60 34]}
{[ 89]}
{1x0 double }
{1x0 double }
{1x0 double }
D=10×1 cell array
{[ 0.9546 1.0987 1.2730 1.3981 1.4140 1.4249 1.4822]}
{[ 1.4203 1.4558]}
{[ 0.7114 0.7552 1.0081 1.1324 1.1424 1.1637 1.2108 1.3824 1.3944 1.4116 1.4605]}
{[ 1.1244 1.4672]}
{[0.7863 0.9326 0.9773 1.0508 1.1722 1.1934 1.3218 1.3623 1.3869 1.3919 1.4814 1.4978]}
{[ 1.2824 1.2843 1.3342 1.3469 1.4154 1.4237 1.4625 1.4626 1.4744]}
{[ 1.1739]}
{1x0 double }
{1x0 double }
{1x0 double }
In this case, the last three Y
points are more than 1.5
distance away from any X
point. X(89,:)
is 1.1739
distance away from Y(7,:)
, and no other X
point is within distance 1.5
of Y(7,:)
. X
contains 12
points within distance 1.5
of Y(5,:)
.
Find Nearest Points in Clustered Data
Generate 5000 random points from each of three distinct multivariate normal distributions. Shift the means of the distributions so that the randomly generated points are likely to form three separate clusters.
rng('default') % For reproducibility N = 5000; dist = 10; X = [mvnrnd([0 0],eye(2),N); mvnrnd(dist*[1 1],eye(2),N); mvnrnd(dist*[1 1],eye(2),N)];
For each point in X
, find the points in X
that are within a radius dist
away from the point. For faster computation, specify to keep the indices of the nearest neighbors unsorted. Select the first point in X, and find its nearest neighbors.
Idx = rangesearch(X,X,dist,'SortIndices',false);
x = X(1,:);
nearestPoints = X(Idx{1},:);
Find the values in X
that are not the nearest neighbors of x
. Display those points in one color and the nearest neighbors of x
in a different color. Label the point x
with a black, filled circle.
nonNearestIdx = true(size(X,1),1); nonNearestIdx(Idx{1}) = false; scatter(X(nonNearestIdx,1),X(nonNearestIdx,2)) hold on scatter(nearestPoints(:,1),nearestPoints(:,2)) scatter(x(1),x(2),'black','filled') hold off
Find Nearest Points Using Custom Distance Function
Find the patients in the patients
data set that are within a certain age and weight range of the patients in Y
.
Load the patients
data set. The Age
values are in years, and the Weight
values are in pounds.
load patients X = [Age Weight]; Y = [20 162; 30 169; 40 168]; % New patients
Create a custom distance function distfun
that determines the distance between patients in terms of age and weight. For example, according to distfun
, two patients that are one year apart in age and have the same weight are one distance unit apart. Similarly, two patients that have the same age and are five pounds apart in weight are also one distance unit apart.
type distfun.m % Display contents of distfun.m file
function D2 = distfun(ZI,ZJ) ageDifference = abs(ZI(1)ZJ(:,1)); weightDifference = abs(ZI(2)ZJ(:,2)); D2 = ageDifference + 0.2*weightDifference; end
Note: If you click the button located in the upperright section of this example and open the example in MATLAB®, then MATLAB opens the example folder. This folder includes the function file distfun.m
.
Find the patients in X
that are within the distance 2
of the patients in Y
.
[Idx,D] = rangesearch(X,Y,2,'Distance',@distfun)
Idx=3×1 cell array
{1x0 double}
{1x0 double}
{[ 41]}
D=3×1 cell array
{1x0 double}
{1x0 double}
{[ 1.8000]}
The third patient in Y
is the only one to have a patient in X
within a distance of 2
.
Display the Age
and Weight
values for the nearest patient in X
to the patient with age 40
and weight 168
.
X(Idx{3},:)
ans = 1×2
39 164
Input Arguments
X
— Input data
numeric matrix
Input data, specified as an mxbyn numeric
matrix, where each row represents one ndimensional point. The number
of columns n must equal the number of columns in
Y
.
Data Types: single
 double
Y
— Query points
numeric matrix
Query points, specified as an mybyn numeric
matrix, where each row represents one ndimensional point. The number
of columns n must equal the number of columns in
X
.
Data Types: single
 double
NameValue Arguments
Specify optional pairs of arguments as
Name1=Value1,...,NameN=ValueN
, where Name
is
the argument name and Value
is the corresponding value.
Namevalue arguments must appear after other arguments, but the order of the
pairs does not matter.
Before R2021a, use commas to separate each name and value, and enclose
Name
in quotes.
Example: rangesearch(X,Y,1.4,'Distance','seuclidean','Scale',iqr(X))
specifies to find all the observations in X
within distance
1.4
of each observation in Y
, using a standardized
Euclidean distance scaled by the interquartile range of X
.
NSMethod
— Nearest neighbor search method
'kdtree'
 'exhaustive'
Nearest neighbor search method, specified as the commaseparated pair consisting
of 'NSMethod'
and one of these values.
Value  Description 

'kdtree'  Create and use a Kdtree to find nearest
neighbors.

'exhaustive'  Use the exhaustive search algorithm. The software computes the distances
from all X points to each Y point to
find nearest neighbors. 
'kdtree'
is the default value when the number of columns in
X
is less than or equal to 10
,
X
is not sparse, and the distance metric is one of the valid
'kdtree'
metrics. Otherwise, the default value is
'exhaustive'
.
Example: 'NSMethod','exhaustive'
Distance
— Distance metric
'euclidean'
(default)  'seuclidean'
 'mahalanobis'
 'cityblock'
 'minkowski'
 'chebychev'
 function handle  ...
Distance metric that rangesearch
uses, specified as the
commaseparated pair consisting of 'Distance'
and one of the values
in this table.
Value  Description 

'euclidean'  Euclidean distance. 
'seuclidean'  Standardized Euclidean distance. Each coordinate difference between a row
in X and a query point is scaled by dividing by the
corresponding element of the standard deviation computed from
X , std(X,'omitnan') . To specify
another scaling, use the 'Scale' namevalue pair
argument. 
'mahalanobis'  Mahalanobis distance, computed using a positive definite covariance
matrix C . The default value of C is the
sample covariance matrix of X , as computed by
cov(X,'omitrows') . To specify a different value for
C , use the 'Cov' namevalue pair
argument. 
'cityblock'  City block distance. 
'minkowski'  Minkowski distance. The default exponent is 2 . To
specify a different exponent, use the 'P' namevalue pair
argument. 
'chebychev'  Chebychev distance (maximum coordinate difference). 
'cosine'  One minus the cosine of the included angle between observations (treated as vectors). 
'correlation'  One minus the sample linear correlation between observations (treated as sequences of values). 
'hamming'  Hamming distance, the percentage of coordinates that differ. 
'jaccard'  One minus the Jaccard coefficient, the percentage of nonzero coordinates that differ. 
'spearman'  One minus the sample Spearman's rank correlation between observations (treated as sequences of values). 
@  Custom distance function handle. A distance function has the form function D2 = distfun(ZI,ZJ) % calculation of distance ...

For more information, see Distance Metrics.
Example: 'Distance','minkowski'
P
— Exponent for Minkowski distance metric
2
(default)  positive scalar
Exponent for the Minkowski distance metric, specified as the commaseparated pair
consisting of 'P'
and a positive scalar. This argument is valid
only if 'Distance'
is 'minkowski'
.
Example: 'P',4
Data Types: single
 double
Cov
— Covariance matrix for Mahalanobis distance metric
cov(X,'omitrows')
(default)  positive definite matrix
Covariance matrix for the Mahalanobis distance metric, specified as the
commaseparated pair consisting of 'Cov'
and a positive definite
matrix. This argument is valid only when 'Distance'
is
'mahalanobis'
.
Example: 'Cov',eye(4)
Data Types: single
 double
Scale
— Scale parameter value for standardized Euclidean distance metric
std(X,'omitnan')
(default)  nonnegative vector
Scale parameter value for the standardized Euclidean distance metric, specified as
the commaseparated pair consisting of 'Scale'
and a nonnegative
vector. Scale
has length equal to the number of columns in
X
. Each coordinate difference between a row in
X
and a query point is scaled by the corresponding element of
Scale
. This argument is valid only when
'Distance'
is 'seuclidean'
.
Example: 'Scale',iqr(X)
Data Types: single
 double
BucketSize
— Maximum number of data points in leaf node of Kdtree
50
(default)  positive integer scalar
Maximum number of data points in the leaf node of the Kdtree,
specified as the commaseparated pair consisting of 'BucketSize'
and a positive integer scalar. This argument is valid only when
NSMethod
is 'kdtree'
.
Example: 'BucketSize',20
Data Types: single
 double
SortIndices
— Flag to sort returned indices according to distance
true
(1
) (default)  false
(0
)
Flag to sort returned indices according to distance, specified as the
commaseparated pair consisting of 'SortIndices'
and either
true
(1
) or false
(0
).
For faster performance when Y
contains many observations that
have many nearest points in X
, you can set
SortIndices
to false
. In this case,
rangesearch
returns the indices of the nearest points in no
particular order. When SortIndices
is true
,
the function arranges the indices of the nearest points in ascending order by
distance.
Example: 'SortIndices',false
Data Types: logical
Output Arguments
Idx
— Indices of nearest points
cell array of numeric vectors
Indices of nearest points, returned as a cell array of numeric vectors.
Idx
is an myby1
cell
array, where my is the number of rows in Y
. The
vector Idx{j}
contains the indices of points (rows) in
X
whose distances to Y(j,:)
are not greater
than r
. If SortIndices
is
true
, then rangesearch
arranges the indices in
ascending order by distance.
D
— Distances of nearest points to query points
cell array of numeric vectors
Distances of the nearest points to the query points, returned as a cell array of numeric vectors.
D
is an myby1
cell
array, where my is the number of rows in Y
.
D{j}
contains the distance values between Y(j,:)
and the points (rows) in X(Idx{j},:)
. If
SortIndices
is true
, then
rangesearch
arranges the distances in ascending order.
Tips
For a fixed positive real value
r
,rangesearch
finds all theX
points that are within a distancer
of eachY
point. To find the k points inX
that are nearest to eachY
point, for a fixed positive integer k, useknnsearch
.rangesearch
does not save a search object. To create a search object, usecreatens
.
Algorithms
For an overview of the kdtree algorithm, see kNearest Neighbor Search Using a KdTree.
The exhaustive search algorithm finds the distance from each point in
X
to each point inY
.
Alternative Functionality
If you set the rangesearch
function 'NSMethod'
namevalue pair argument to the appropriate value ('exhaustive'
for an
exhaustive search algorithm or 'kdtree'
for a Kdtree
algorithm), then the search results are equivalent to the results obtained by conducting a
distance search using the rangesearch
object function. Unlike the
rangesearch
function, the rangesearch
object function requires an ExhaustiveSearcher
or KDTreeSearcher
model object.
Extended Capabilities
Tall Arrays
Calculate with arrays that have more rows than fit in memory.
The
rangesearch
function supports tall arrays with the following usage
notes and limitations:
If
X
is a tall array, thenY
cannot be a tall array. Similarly, ifY
is a tall array, thenX
cannot be a tall array.
For more information, see Tall Arrays.
C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using MATLAB® Coder™.
Usage notes and limitations:
For code generation, the default value of the
'NSMethod'
namevalue pair argument is'exhaustive'
when the number of columns inX
is greater than 7.The value of the
'Distance'
namevalue pair argument must be a compiletime constant and cannot be a custom distance function.The
'SortIndices'
namevalue pair argument is not supported. The output arguments are always sorted.Names in namevalue arguments must be compiletime constants. For example, to allow a userdefined exponent for the Minkowski distance in the generated code, include
{coder.Constant('Distance'),coder.Constant('Minkowski'),coder.Constant('P'),0}
in theargs
value ofcodegen
(MATLAB Coder).The sorted order of tied distances in the generated code can be different from the order in MATLAB^{®} due to numerical precision.
When
rangesearch
uses the kdtree search algorithm, and the code generation build type is a MEX function,codegen
(MATLAB Coder) generates a MEX function using Intel^{®} Threading Building Blocks (TBB) for parallel computation. Otherwise,codegen
generates code usingparfor
(MATLAB Coder).MEX function for the kdtree search algorithm —
codegen
generates an optimized MEX function using Intel TBB for parallel computation on multicore platforms. You can use the MEX function to accelerate MATLAB algorithms. For details on Intel TBB, see https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/developer/tools/oneapi/onetbb.html.If you generate the MEX function to test the generated code of the
parfor
version, you can disable the usage of Intel TBB. Set theExtrinsicCalls
property of the MEX configuration object tofalse
. For details, seecoder.MexCodeConfig
(MATLAB Coder).MEX function for the exhaustive search algorithm and standalone C/C++ code for both algorithms — The generated code of
rangesearch
usesparfor
(MATLAB Coder) to create loops that run in parallel on supported sharedmemory multicore platforms in the generated code. If your compiler does not support the Open Multiprocessing (OpenMP) application interface or you disable OpenMP library, MATLAB Coder™ treats theparfor
loops asfor
loops. To find supported compilers, see Supported Compilers. To disable OpenMP library, set theEnableOpenMP
property of the configuration object tofalse
. For details, seecoder.CodeConfig
(MATLAB Coder).
rangesearch
returns integertype (int32
) indices in generated standalone C/C++ code. Therefore, the function allows for strict singleprecision support when you use singleprecision inputs. For MEX code generation, the function still returns doubleprecision indices to match the MATLAB behavior.Before R2020a:
rangesearch
returns doubleprecision indices in generated standalone C/C++ code.
For more information on code generation, see Introduction to Code Generation and General Code Generation Workflow.
Version History
Introduced in R2011b
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