Rcpp vs. R implementation of cosine similarity

June 9, 2012

(This article was first published on R Chronicle, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

While speeding up some code the other day working on a project with a colleague I ended up trying Rcpp for the first time. I re-implemented the cosine distance function using RcppArmadillo relatively easily using bits and pieces of code I found scattered around the web. But the speed increase was not as much as I expected comparing the Rcpp code to pure R.
And here is the speed comparison...
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