[R] easier way to do this without a loop? (successive euclidean distances between points)

stephen sefick ssefick at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 18:49:51 CEST 2008

a <- c(1:10)
b <- c(.5, .6, .9, 10, .4, 3, 4, 9, 0, 11)
d <- c(21:30)

z <- data.frame(a,b,d)
results <- c()
for(i in 1:(length(rownames(z))-1)){
  results[i] <- rdist(z[i,], z[(i+1),])

results.1 <- data.frame(results)	
  f <- rownames(z)
  r <- f[-1]
  rownames(results.1) <- r
  colnames(results.1) <- f[1]

this does what I want it to do - is there an easier/generic way of
doing this.  I will be using this to calculate euclidean distances
between successive time steps on ordination scores.

Stephen Sefick
Research Scientist
Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

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