Location.distanceBetween and distanceTo differences

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Location.distanceBetween and distanceTo differences

Postby Twano_O » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:57 pm

Hello everyone,

First of all, thank for all the help I have allready found on your forum, I am a 2month-beginner in Android dev' and your forum help me solved a lot of problems ;)

Than, the purpose of my coming :
I encounter some issues on trying to calculate distance between one location and a list of others (in order to get the closest one). I tried by using Location.distanceBetween(...) and location.distanceTo(...), the two method are working but both of them send me different data and not any of them seems right.

My data came from a Class ConcessionDistance which is a basic extension of HashMap containing location data (as integer convert as string) and some other stuff that we don't need here.

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  1. private ArrayList<ConcessionDistance> getMapsConcessionsDistancesFromPoint(ArrayList<ConcessionDistance> al, Location currentLocation) {
  2.     Location dest;
  3.     float distance1,distance2;
  4.     float[] curDist = new float[1];
  5.     double lati,longi;
  6.     Log.i("DBTableConcessions","getMapsConcessionsDistancesFromPoint: Generation d'une map de donnée de concession");
  7.     for(ConcessionDistance curConc : al){
  8.         //Distance by method 1
  9.         dest = new Location(LOCATION_PROVIDER);
  10.         lati = new Double((new Integer(curConc.get("concession_latitude"))) /1e6);
  11.         longi = new Double((new Integer(curConc.get("concession_longitude"))) /1e6);
  12.         dest.setLatitude(lati);
  13.         dest.setLongitude(longi);
  14.         distance1 = currentLocation.distanceTo(dest);
  15.         //Distance by method2
  16.         Location.distanceBetween(
  17.             currentLocation.getLatitude(),
  18.             currentLocation.getLongitude(),
  19.             (double) ((new Integer(curConc.get("concession_latitude"))) /1000000),
  20.             (double) ((new Integer(curConc.get("concession_longitude"))) /1000000),
  21.             curDist);
  22.         distance2 = curDist[0];
  23.         Log.i("DBTableConcessions","distance :"+distance1+" ou "+distance2);
  24.         //Saving one of the distance
  25.         curConc.put("distance",String.valueOf(distance1));
  26.     }
  27.     return al;
  28. }
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Can some one help me, to figure out where is the problem? I think of a conversion problem but I'm to deep in the problem to solve it myself :(

Any help will be welcome. Thanks by advance.

Edit: Here is part of my LogCat: I send to the emulator the gps location of "Strasbourg" (those are cities from east-france) and process distance to all those cities:
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06-29 06:37:37.215: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from EVRY :346254.66 ou 373061.38
06-29 06:37:37.235: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from HAGUENAU CEDEX :105491.984 ou 0.0
06-29 06:37:37.235: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from BESANCON CEDEX :110127.08 ou 134302.03
06-29 06:37:37.265: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from BREST CEDEX 9 :852829.1 ou 820181.7
06-29 06:37:37.295: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from HOENHEIM :87783.39 ou 0.0
06-29 06:37:37.326: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from COLMAR :28067.428 ou 0.0
06-29 06:37:37.355: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from BELFORT :40919.13 ou 134302.03
06-29 06:37:37.446: INFO/DBTableConcessions(809): distance from SARREBOURG :81606.31 ou 0.0

The real distance (given by google maps) between those cities and "Strasbourg" are :
Evry : 520km ( method1 : miss 175km, method2 : miss 145km)
Haguenau : 30km ( method1: add 70km, method2: return 0)
Besancon : 250km (method1: miss 140km, method2: miss 120km)
Brest : 1070km (method1: miss 200km, method2: miss 230km)
Hoenheim : 5km (method1: add 80km, method2: return 0)
Colmar : 75km (method1: miss 50km, method2: return 0)
Belfort : 155km (method1: miss 110km, method2: miss 20km)
Sarrebourg : 75km (method1: miss 5km, method2: return 0)

So we can notice that the second method return 0 when real distance is below ~100km, wherease for the method1 I can't see any logic inhere :/
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Re: Location.distanceBetween and distanceTo differences

Postby Twano_O » Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:57 am

I have added a third calculation process, with this :

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public class DeltaCoord {
   static double CoordToDeltaKm(
        double Q1Latitude,double Q1LatiDeg, char Q1LatiDirection,
        double Q1Longitude,double Q1LongDeg, char Q1LongDirection,
        double Q2Latitude,double Q2LatiDeg, char Q2LatiDirection,
        double Q2Longitude,double Q2LongDeg, char Q2LongDirection
    ) {
       double a1,b1,a2,b2,RawDelta;
       if(Q1LatiDirection=='N') a1=-a1;
       if(Q1LongDirection=='O') b1=-b1;
       if(Q2LatiDirection=='N') a2=-a2;
       if(Q2LongDirection=='O') b2=-b2;
       RawDelta = Math.acos(Math.cos(a1)*Math.cos(b1)*Math.cos(a2)*Math.cos(b2) + Math.cos(a1)*Math.sin(b1)*Math.cos(a2)*Math.sin(b2) + Math.sin(a1)*Math.sin(a2));
       return RawDelta * 6378.0;
   public static double distance(Location a, Location b){
      return CoordToDeltaKm(a.getLatitude(),0,' ',a.getLongitude(),0,' ',b.getLatitude(),0,' ',b.getLongitude(),0,' ');


it gives me same result than the method1. Any suggestion about this?
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