Efficient Matlab (I): pairwise distances

Changed some code from impossibly shore to merely slow!

Machine Learning Rumination

I want to share some tricks for making Matlab function more efficient and robust. I decide to write a series of blog posts. This is the first one of this series, in which I want to show a simple function for computing pairwise Euclidean distances between points in high dimensional vector space.

The most important thing for efficient Matlab code is VECTORIZATION! Here I will take distance function as an example to demonstrate how accelerate your code by getting ride of “for-loops”.
Say, we have two sets of points X and Y in d-dimensional space. We want to compute the distances between any point in X and any other point in Y. This function is very useful. For example, if you want to find the k-nearest-neighbor of a point x in a database Y, an naive method is to first compute the distances between the point x and all points in Y…

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About jakirkpatrick

I am a researcher in solar energy at the University of Oxford. I am interested in mathematics, programming and trying to understand why things work. I also like the great outdoors and riding my bike.
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