bray_curtis {abdiv} R Documentation

## Bray-Curtis distance

### Description

The Bray-Curtis distance is the Manhattan distance divided by the sum of both vectors.

### Usage

bray_curtis(x, y)


### Arguments

 x, y Numeric vectors

### Details

For two vectors x and y, the Bray-Curtis distance is defined as

d(x, y) = \frac{\sum_i |x_i - y_i|}{\sum_i x_i + y_i}.

The Bray-Curtis distance is connected to many other distance measures in this package; we try to list some of the more important connections here. Relation to other definitions:

• Equivalent to vegdist() with method = "bray".

• Equivalent to the braycurtis() function in scipy.spatial.distance for positive vectors. They take the absolute value of x_i + y_i in the denominator.

• Equivalent to the braycurtis and odum calculators in Mothur.

• Equivalent to D_{14} = 1 - S_{17} in Legendre & Legendre.

• The Bray-Curtis distance on proportions is equal to half the Manhattan distance.

• The Bray-Curtis distance on presence/absence vectors is equal to the Sorenson index of dissimilarity.

### Value

The Bray-Curtis distance between x and y. The Bray-Curtis distance is undefined if the sum of all elements in x and y is zero, in which case we return NaN.

### Examples

x <- c(15, 6, 4, 0, 3, 0)
y <- c(10, 2, 0, 1, 1, 0)
bray_curtis(x, y)

# For proportions, equal to half the Manhattan distance
bray_curtis(x / sum(x), y / sum(y))
manhattan(x / sum(x), y / sum(y)) / 2


[Package abdiv version 0.2.0 Index]