[SciPy-user] derivative

Stephen Walton stephen.walton at csun.edu
Wed Feb 23 11:34:13 CST 2005

Numerical derivatives are limited in accuracy by their very nature.  I 
don't know very much about Pade computations, I'm afraid,  But, if the 
code you need the derivative of is in C or Fortran, you might try one of 
the automatic differentation codes out there.  The basic idea is that, 
since any computation on a real computer is composed of elementary 
operations with analytic derivatives, repeated automatic application of 
the chain rule results in a derivative which is accurate to machine 
precision.  Of course, these codes will only produce a first or second 
derivative in my experience, not a sixth.  Do you need sixth derivatives?

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