Re: [R] Derivative of a function

From: Uwe Ligges <ligges_at_statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
Date: Tue 05 Jul 2005 - 21:57:01 EST

Gabriel Rodrigues Alves Margarido wrote:

> Suppose I have a simple function that returns a matrix, such as:
>
> test <- function(x){ return(matrix(c(x,x^2,x^3,x^4),2,2)) }
>
> so that test returns:
> [ x x^3 ]
> [ x^2 x^4 ]
>
> Is it possible for me to get the derivative of an expression such as:
>
> c(1,0) %*% test() %*% c(0,1)
>
> The vectors are used just to "index" the matrix.
> I don't want a value, but the expression to work with (in that case,
> the expected expression would be 3*x^2)...
>
> Tried functions D and deriv in many ways, but no success.
> I will be grateful if anyone can help.
>

I think you cannot easily handle expressions like this. Perhaps you better look for some algebra system such as Mathematica and friends.

Uwe Ligges

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