nearest neighbor

(classic problem)

Definition: Find the point (rectangle, line, etc.) that is closest to another point.

See also spatial access method, point access method.

Author: PEB


(C, C++, and Java)

More information

A Voronoi diagram divides a plane into regions of nearest neighbors.

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