I have two shapefiles, each with a set of lines generated from start and end points. One shapefile has the straight lines generated from the XY To Line tool, while the other has lines generated from a least cost path tool in Python.
I am looking for a method to quantify the error or distance between them, something that attempts to capture the overall variation between the two lines, not just the greatest or shortest distance between them (The shortest distance would also be 0 as they have the same start and end points). I have considered closing them into polygons, then dividing the area by the straight-line distance to get an 'average polygon height'. I have also considered converting one set of lines into points and then averaging the distances generated from the Near tool for each line feature. However to do this I would have to delete the end points as they are essentially false '0' distances.
Are there other methods to compare these features? An important aspect to note is that sometimes the least cost path line crosses over the straight line so I would often have two polygons.