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

Henrique Dallazuanna wwwhsd at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 18:58:21 CEST 2008

```Try this:

diag(rdist(rbind(z, 0), rbind(0, z))[,-(1:2)])

On Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 1:49 PM, stephen sefick <ssefick at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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)
> library(fields)
> 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.
> thanks
>
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> Stephen Sefick
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> Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy
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