sklearn.metrics.pairwise.haversine_distances(X, Y=None)[source]

Compute the Haversine distance between samples in X and Y.

The Haversine (or great circle) distance is the angular distance between two points on the surface of a sphere. The first coordinate of each point is assumed to be the latitude, the second is the longitude, given in radians. The dimension of the data must be 2.

\[D(x, y) = 2\arcsin[\sqrt{\sin^2((x1 - y1) / 2) + \cos(x1)\cos(y1)\sin^2((x2 - y2) / 2)}]\]
Xarray-like of shape (n_samples_X, 2)
Yarray-like of shape (n_samples_Y, 2), default=None
distancendarray of shape (n_samples_X, n_samples_Y)


As the Earth is nearly spherical, the haversine formula provides a good approximation of the distance between two points of the Earth surface, with a less than 1% error on average.


We want to calculate the distance between the Ezeiza Airport (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and the Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris, France).

>>> from sklearn.metrics.pairwise import haversine_distances
>>> from math import radians
>>> bsas = [-34.83333, -58.5166646]
>>> paris = [49.0083899664, 2.53844117956]
>>> bsas_in_radians = [radians(_) for _ in bsas]
>>> paris_in_radians = [radians(_) for _ in paris]
>>> result = haversine_distances([bsas_in_radians, paris_in_radians])
>>> result * 6371000/1000  # multiply by Earth radius to get kilometers
array([[    0.        , 11099.54035582],
       [11099.54035582,     0.        ]])