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Lm distance

(definition)

Definition: The generalized distance between two points. In a plane with point p1 at (x1, y1) and p2 at (x2, y2), it is (|x1 - x2|m + |y1 - y2|m)1/m.

Also known as Minkowski distance.

See also Euclidean distance, rectilinear, Manhattan distance, Hamming distance.

Note: This is easily generalized to higher dimensions. Euclidean distance is L2 distance. Rectilinear, Manhattan or Hamming distance is L1 distance. L distance is max(|x1 - x2|, |y1 - y2|). Adapted from [CLR90, page 912].

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "Lm distance", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 29 September 2008. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/lmdistance.html