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Find the k Nearest Neighbors

This function uses a kd-tree to find all k nearest neighbors in a data matrix (including distances) fast.

Keywords
model
Usage
kNN(x, k, sort = TRUE, search = "kdtree", bucketSize = 10,
  splitRule = "suggest", approx = 0)
Arguments
x

a data matrix, a dist object or a kNN object.

k

number of neighbors to find.

search

nearest neighbor search strategy (one of "kdtree", "linear" or "dist").

sort

sort the neighbors by distance? Note that this is expensive and sort = FALSE is much faster. kNN objects can be sorted using sort().

bucketSize

max size of the kd-tree leafs.

splitRule

rule to split the kd-tree. One of "STD", "MIDPT", "FAIR", "SL_MIDPT", "SL_FAIR" or "SUGGEST" (SL stands for sliding). "SUGGEST" uses ANNs best guess.

approx

use approximate nearest neighbors. All NN up to a distance of a factor of 1+approx eps may be used. Some actual NN may be omitted leading to spurious clusters and noise points. However, the algorithm will enjoy a significant speedup.

Details

search controls if a kd-tree or linear search (both implemented in the ANN library; see Mount and Arya, 2010). Note, that these implementations cannot handle NAs. search="dist" precomputes Euclidean distances first using R. NAs are handled, but the resulting distance matrix cannot contain NAs. To use other distance measures, a precomputed distance matrix can be provided as x (search is ignored).

bucketSize and splitRule influence how the kd-tree is built. approx uses the approximate nearest neighbor search implemented in ANN. All nearest neighbors up to a distance of eps/(1+approx) will be considered and all with a distance greater than eps will not be considered. The other points might be considered. Note that this results in some actual nearest neighbors being omitted leading to spurious clusters and noise points. However, the algorithm will enjoy a significant speedup. For more details see Mount and Arya (2010).

Note: self-matches are removed!

Value

An object of class kNN containing a list with the following components:

dist

a matrix with distances.

id

a matrix with ids.

k

number of k used.

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References

David M. Mount and Sunil Arya (2010). ANN: A Library for Approximate Nearest Neighbor Searching, http://www.cs.umd.edu/~mount/ANN/.

See Also

NN and frNN for fixed radius nearest neighbors.

Aliases
  • kNN
  • knn
  • sort.kNN
Examples
# NOT RUN {
data(iris)
x <- iris[, -5]

# finding kNN directly in data (using a kd-tree)
nn <- kNN(x, k=5)
nn

# explore neighborhood of point 10
i <- 10
nn$id[i,]
plot(x, col = ifelse(1:nrow(iris) %in% nn$id[i,], "red", "black"))

# Visualize the 5 nearest neighbors
plot(nn, x)

# Visualize a reduced 2-NN graph
plot(kNN(nn, k = 2), x)
# }
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