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Calculate the distance between matched points

Asked by Théodore Keller on 16 Jul 2019
Latest activity Commented on by Adam Danz
on 16 Jul 2019
I have two sets of matched points (matchedPoints1 and matchedPoints2, the size is 142x1 and the type is SURFPoints) and I want to calculate the distance between them. I tried the function pdist2() like this :
But I got the following error :
Error using cast
Unsupported data type for conversion: 'double'.
Error in pdist2 (line 250)
X = cast(X,outClass);
I don't really understand the meaning of this error message so can somebody help me to solve this problem ?
Thanks a lot.


Cool. See the last line of code in my answer using pdist2().
Thank you Adam. Just one last thing, I got a 172 x 172 matrix, is that mean that there are 172 matched points and for example the 10 x 20 value is the distance between the 10th matchedpoints1 and 20th matchedpoints2 ? Is the distance in pixel ?
Glad I could help! Please consider accepting the answer if it helped you.
From the documentation,
The output 'd' (in my example) is the pairwise distances,
returned as a numeric matrix.
If you do not specify either 'Smallest' or 'Largest', then
D is an mx-by-my matrix, where mx and my are the number of
observations in X and Y, respectively. D(i,j) is the distance
between observation i in X and observation j in Y. If
observation i in X or observation j in Y contains NaN, then
D(i,j) is NaN for the built-in distance functions.
If you specify either 'Smallest' or 'Largest' as K, then
D is a K-by-my matrix. D contains either the K smallest
or K largest pairwise distances to observations in X for
each observation in Y. For each observation in Y, pdist2
inds the K smallest or largest distances by computing and
comparing the distance values to all the observations in X.
If K is greater than mx, pdist2 returns an mx-by-my matrix.

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1 Answer

Answer by Adam Danz
on 16 Jul 2019
Edited by Adam Danz
on 16 Jul 2019
 Accepted Answer

The (x,y) point locations are stored in the "Locations" property of a SURFpoints object. If you are calculating the distance between matchedPoints1(n) and matchedPoints2(n), follow this example
%matchedPoints1 & matchedPoints2 are SURFpoints objects
distanceFcn = @(x1,x2,y1,y2)sqrt((x2-x1).^2 + (y2-y1).^2); %distance function
d = distanceFcn( ...
% d(n) is the distance between matchPoints1.Location(n) and matchPoints2.Location(n)
To calculate the pairwise distance,
d = pdist2(matchedPoints1.Location,matchedPoints2.Location,'euclidean')


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