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Find Nearest Neighbors on Sphere

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Find Nearest Neighbors on Sphere



26 Sep 2010 (Updated )

To be used with the GridSphere function to look up the nearest point to a query on a geodesic grid.

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A geodesic grid is an even grid over the surface of a sphere. The algorithm is optimized for a grid generated by GridSphere and won't work on an arbitrary geodesic grid. All code is compatible with GNU Octave. The GridSphere function is available on the MATLAB file exchange at
FindNearestNeighbors and GridSphere share some functions in common. Each package contains a copy of these functions so that both can stand alone. To eliminate duplicates, simply move all the files into a single folder and replace the shared files when prompted.


Geodesic Midpoints inspired this file.

This file inspired Grid Sphere.

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07 Feb 2012 Paul

Paul (view profile)

-- Wrong page. Comment intended for GridSphere code.

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07 Feb 2012 Paul

Paul (view profile)

Blazingly fast and well documented. Only an example would not have been unbecoming, e.g. to illustrate the fact that returned values are in degrees (whereas Matlab's sph2cart requires radians).

[lat,long] = GridSphere(1000);
latrad = deg2rad(lat);
longrad = deg2rad(long);
[x,y,z] = sph2cart(longrad, latrad, 1);
scatter3(x, y, z, 22);
axis equal vis3d;

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27 Sep 2010 1.1

Added missing function file.

27 Sep 2010 1.2

Added missing Logarithm function file.

10 Oct 2010 1.3

Replaced the ElementWiseMax function with an equivalent built-in function.

21 May 2012 1.4

Replaced tabs with spaces so that the source code displays consistently in all text editors.

10 Mar 2015 1.5

Made code available as a toolbox and removed some unnecessary hidden files.

13 Mar 2015 1.6

Made minor corrections to comments. Removed write and execute permissions from group/others on all *.m files. Removed trailing whitespace and switched from 2 spaces after each period to 1 in the interest of readability.

13 Mar 2015 1.7

Added a link to another FX submission that this submission uses code from.

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