[R] How to create own distance measure in cluster ?

Liaw, Andy andy_liaw at merck.com
Fri Jan 30 16:42:03 CET 2004

The simplest way, if you have a function that returns the distance matrix,
is to use as.dist().  E.g.,

myDist <- function(...) {
    ## compute distance matrix dmat.

I believe most clustering algorithms in R will accept dist objects.

If that doesn't do it, you can download the source for the `cluster' package
from CRAN.


> From: Ricardo Zorzetto Nicoliello Vencio
> Hi everyone,
> I want to create my own distance measure, other than 'euclidean' or
> 'manhatan', to use in cluster pckgs. To do this I think that I need to
> change dist(), in mva pckg, or daisy(), in cluster pckg. (or 
> is there a
> cleaver way ?)
> But this functions are in fact things like: .Fortran( 
> "daisy", ... ) or
> .C("dist",...).
> I tried unsuccessfully to find source code of .Fortran or .C 
> function to
> lear how R calculate dissimilarity matrix and then modify 
> source to add my
> own distance metrix.
> Could someone help me ? Help me to find .Fortran(...) source 
> or helpe me
> with better idea to implement my own distance metrix ?
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