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Closest date to another

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Curious Mind
Curious Mind 6 Feb 2020
댓글: Adam Danz 14 Feb 2020
I have the code below which compares and extract the closest date & time in data1 to data2. It works well but I don’t want duplicates. That is if a closest date in data1 is already assigned to another date in data2, that closest date cannot be assigned again. Instead the nearest closest date should be chosen. No closest data in data1 should be used twice.
[~,ind1] = min(abs(datenum(data2)-datenum(data1))); closest_time = data2(ind1,:)
Any thoughts?
Thanks!

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Adam Danz
Adam Danz 6 Feb 2020
편집: Adam Danz 6 Feb 2020
A simple, readable, and fast method would be to loop through the dates in date1, find the closest date in date2, and then replace that date in date2 with NaT so it won't be chosen again. That's what this demo does.
Inputs: two row vectors of dates in datetime format: dates1 & dates2
Outputs: nearestIdx(j) is the closest non-repeated date in date2 to date1(j); m is a nx2 matrix of paired dates.
See inline comments for details.
% Create two arrays of random dates (may contain repeated dates)
dates1 = datetime(2019,1,1)+days(sort(randi(364,1,100)));
dates2 = datetime(2018,12,28)+days(sort(randi(364,1,100)));
% Loop through the dates in date1
nearestIdx = nan(size(dates1)); % Pre allocation
dates2Temp = dates2; % Make a temp copy of dates2 for NaT replacement
for i = 1:numel(dates1)
[~, nearestIdx(i)] = min(abs(dates2Temp - dates1(i))); % find index of closest date
dates2Temp(nearestIdx(i)) = NaT; % replace that date with NaT
end
% Sanity check: all of the values in nearestIdx should be unique
assert(numel(unique(nearestIdx))==numel(dates1),'Sanity check failure: unique date matching error.')
% Match the dates (dates1 and dates2 must have same size)
m = [dates1.', dates2(nearestIdx).']
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