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Re: Nearest neighbour search with arbitrary distance function

From: Michael Ortega-Binderberger <miki_at_ics.uci.edu>
Date: 2000/06/01
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.21.0006011559360.23303-100000@vader.ics.uci.edu>#1/1

On 1 Jun 2000, Philip Lijnzaad wrote:

> On 1 Jun 2000 16:41:40 GMT,
> "Sam" == Sameer Siruguri <siruguri_at_cs.rice.edu> writes:
>
> Sam> I would like to do an efficient nearest neighour search on
> Sam> multidimensional vector spaces with arbitrary distance
> Sam> functions. Kd-trees are a viable alternative but they only work for
> Sam> "coordinate" based metrics. In particular, how would I do an efficient
> Sam> nearest neighbour search with the cosine distance function?
>
> This is probably not the right newsgroup for this; it's predominantly
> relational stuff here. Better to try sci.math or simply www.deja.com.
> Anyways, a quick search on www.google.com using 'Kd-trees searching vector
> space' showed _lots_ of hits; if this is not enough, try Knuth or Preparata,
> "Computational Geometry". www.amazon.com will point out similar books. Cheers,
>
> Philip

I disagree, I think this does belong in this newsgroup. Multdimensional indices are a hot topic (well...) in db research (even relational). For the original poster: you can check the Hybrid Tree which is a disk based adapation of the kd tree and rtree (ie. combining space and data partitioning methods) and supports arbitrary distance metrics. You can check it out at http://www-db.ics.uci.edu. Look in the publications. Michael

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