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A measure of the angular distance between two vectors. Usually defined as 1-(cosine similarity).

A distance measure of the angle between two vectors $\mathbf u$ and $\mathbf v$,

$$1 - \text{cos}(\mathbf u, \mathbf v)$$

where

$$\text{cos}(\mathbf u, \mathbf v) = \cfrac{\langle \mathbf u, \mathbf v \rangle}{\| \mathbf u \| \| \mathbf v \|} = \left\langle \cfrac{\mathbf u}{\| \mathbf u\|}, \cfrac{\mathbf v}{\| \mathbf v\|}\right\rangle,$$

or "cosine similarity," is the cosine of the angle between $\mathbf u$ and $\mathbf v$.

The cosine similarity and cosine distance functions are often used in Information Retrieval and Text Mining for document ranking and clustering.

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