# [R] Calculating just a single row of dissimilarity/distance matrix

Jan van der Laan rhe|p @end|ng |rom eoo@@dd@@n|
Sat Oct 27 22:17:32 CEST 2018

```Please respond to the list; there are more people answering there.

As explained in the documentation gower_dist performes a pairwise
comparison of the two arguments recycling the shortest one if needed, so
indeed gower_dist(iris[1:5, ], iris) doesn't do what you want.

Possible solutions are:

tmp <- split(iris[1:150, ], seq_len(150))

sapply(gower_dist, iris)

and:

library(dplyr)

library(tidyr)

pairs <- expand.grid(x = 1:5, y = 1:nrow(iris))
pairs\$dist <- gower_dist(iris[pairs\$x, ], iris[pairs\$y, ])

Don't know which one is faster. And there are probably various other
solutions too.

--
Jan

On 27-10-18 18:04, Aerenbkts bkts wrote:
> Dear Jan
>
> Thanks for your help. Actually it works for the first element. But I
> tried to calculate distance values for the first N rows. For example;
>
> gower_dist(iris[1:5,], iris) // gower distance for the first 5 rows.
> but it did not work. Do you have any suggestion about it?
>
>
>
> On Fri, 26 Oct 2018 at 21:31, Jan van der Laan <rhelp using eoos.dds.nl
> <mailto:rhelp using eoos.dds.nl>> wrote:
>
>
>     Using another implementation of the gower distance:
>
>
>     library(gower)
>
>     gower_dist(iris[1,], iris)
>
>
>     HTH,
>
>     Jan
>
>
>
>     On 26-10-18 15:07, Aerenbkts bkts wrote:
>     > I have a data-frame with 30k rows and 10 features. I would like to
>     > calculate distance matrix like below;
>     >
>     > gower_dist <- daisy(data-frame, metric = "gower"),
>     >
>     >
>     > This function returns whole dissimilarity matrix. I want to get just
>     > the first row.
>     > (Just distances of the first element in data-frame). How can I
>     do it?
>     > Do you have an idea?
>     >
>     >
>     > Regards
>     >
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