It is also known as Manhattan distance, boxcar distance, absolute value distance. It represents distance between points in a city road grid. It examines the absolute differences between coordinates of a pair of objects.
Formula:
For example:


Features 




cost 
time 
weight 
incentive 

Object A 
0 
3 
4 
5 

Object B 
7 
6 
3 
1 
Point A has coordinate (0, 3, 4, 5) and point B has coordinate (7, 6, 3, 1).
The City Block Distance between point A and B is
Try the interactive program below. Suppose you walk to the North 3 meters and then to the East 4 meters, what is the city block distance to the origin location? Put A = (0, 0) to indicate the origin and B = (3, 4) as the current location, the City Block distance represents the length of walking distance.
Input coordinate values of ObjectA and ObjectB (the coordinate are numbers only), then press "Get City Block Distance" button. The program will directly calculate when you type the input.
City block distance is a special case of Minkowski distance with
The pattern of City block distance in 2dimension is diamond. When the sink is on the center, it forms concentric diamonds around the center.
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Preferable reference for this tutorial is
Teknomo, Kardi (2015) Similarity Measurement. http:\people.revoledu.comkardi tutorialSimilarity