# Find the euclidean distance between elements of two matrices, one element of first one from all elements of the second one.

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sn at on 9 Feb 2017
Commented: Star Strider on 9 Feb 2017
I have
{(x1,y1)|x1 belongs to X1 and y1 belongs to Y1}
{(x2,y2)|x2 belongs to X2 and y2 belongs to Y2}
and:
X1=[68.0178 75.0520 51.1820 35.4534
152.7847 158.3533 108.2593 197.1259
241.1594 255.1793 271.9570 234.6449
360.2638 358.3571 399.6156 388.6544]
Y1=[45.4695 130.8915 200.9802 304.2660
41.3427 172.6104 284.3213 337.8186
21.7732 178.2872 292.2332 370.4340
12.5655 169.3788 277.0954 372.9513]
X2=[22.4277 67.3031
226.9055 247.7492]
Y2=[ 62.3716 217.7124
23.6445 282.9643]
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I want to get the distances between each one of (x1,y1)s from all of (x2,y2)s. (x1,y1), (x2,y2) are coordinates of some points.

John Chilleri on 9 Feb 2017
Edited: John Chilleri on 9 Feb 2017
Hello,
You could do this using the distance formula, or the built in pdist2 function.
One simple approach:
for ind1 = 1:size(X2,1)
for ind2 = 1:size(X2,2)
for ind3 = 1:size(X1,1)
for ind4 = 1:size(X1,2)
% Compute distance between (X1(ind3,ind4),Y1(ind3,ind4))
% and (X2(ind1,ind2),Y2(ind1,ind2))
end
end
end
end
Or you could pursue a more efficient approach using the aformentioned pdist2:
X1col = reshape(X1,numel(X1),1);
Y1col = reshape(Y1,numel(Y1),1);
X2col = reshape(X2,numel(X2),1);
Y2col = reshape(Y2,numel(Y2),1);
Distances = pdist2([X1col Y1col],[X2col Y2col])
Which results with,
>> Distances
Distances =
48.6224 160.3796 172.2444 297.8375
132.0423 76.2045 195.9933 259.6137
222.4675 14.3762 261.9507 261.2742
341.4877 133.8177 357.6468 292.8738
86.3961 185.9070 87.1660 230.1097
175.0096 163.9824 101.6087 142.0198
260.0187 157.2061 191.9683 104.9405
352.5608 196.2601 295.0399 158.5427
141.5597 249.6532 23.2348 212.9790
237.9679 286.4076 78.1931 139.4965
339.2657 272.3408 217.7994 25.9216
434.0242 306.7020 337.5766 151.9798
242.2449 339.7092 92.2276 213.3618
326.1756 315.5823 176.8600 74.6439
374.0837 346.8759 226.5550 88.4459
480.1893 384.9389 356.8834 167.1883
where the first column of distances corresponds to your first (x2,y2) point and displays the distances between (x11,y11),(x21,y21),etc. In other words, the first 4 elements of the first column are the distances between your first (x2,y2) point and the first column of (x1,y1) and the next 5-8 elements are the distances with the second column of points in (x1,y1), etc.
Note: my answer has been altered in accordance with Star Strider's comment. Thank you for the pdist2 over pdist recommendation, it was absolutely preferable.
I hope this helps!
Star Strider on 9 Feb 2017
My pleasure!