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partials of Sum[x[i]^2, {i,1,n}] (e.g.)

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  • Subject: [mg69520] partials of Sum[x[i]^2, {i,1,n}] (e.g.)
  • From: kj <socyl at>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2006 06:57:04 -0400 (EDT)

In symbolic manipulations, one often needs to leave some of the
limits of an expression in symbolic form.  E.g. the n in:

  f[x[1],...,x[n]] = Sum[x[i]^2, {i, 1, n}],

(where I've used Mathematica notation loosely).

Then one often finds derivations like

  D[f[x[1],...,x[n]], x[k]] = 2 x[k], for all k in { 1,..., n }

Is it possible to do something like this in Mathematica?

More generally, can Mathematica fully understand expressions with
symbolic limits?

Basically, I have a slightly hairier expression that I want to take
the partials of, set them all equal to zero to produce a system of
n equations.  If that weren't enough, I'd like to solve this system
of n equations using Mathematica.  This kind of manipulation is
far more difficult, as far as symbolic math goes, than anything
I've seen Mathematica do yet, because it requires Mathematica to
understand the notion of an array with a "symbolic cardinality",
but I thought I'd ask.


NOTE: In my address everything before the first period is backwards;
and the last period, and everything after it, should be discarded.

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