Thanks very much for the help!
Scott
On Monday, April 11, 2011 at 12:54 PM, Seeliger.Curt@epamail.epa.gov wrote:
> I have a bunch of geographic locations specified by lat-long
> > coordinates. What's an easy way to calculate geographic distance
> > between any two points? OR, perhaps there is a function for
> > calculating a distance matrix for K sites?
>
> A comparison of some geographic distance calculations is provided at
> http://pineda-krch.com/2010/11/23/great-circle-distance-calculations-in-r/
> , along with code for calculating the Vincenty inverse formula, which
> relies on the WGS-84 ellipsoid approximations.
>
> The author compares the results to fields::rdist.earth, which seems to
> rely on a spherical model of the earth. It would be interesting to
> compare it to other distance functions as well.
>
> I found that the function provided at the above URL did not handle the
> case of coincident points. Adding the following line after the while loop
> fixed this.
> if (iterLimit==100) return(0) # formula began with nearly or
> exactly coincident points
>
> Enjoy the days,
> cur
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