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Derivative of function with indexed variables

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  • Subject: [mg83719] Derivative of function with indexed variables
  • From: Laurens van der Maaten <l.vandermaaten at micc.unimaas.nl>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 06:18:04 -0500 (EST)

I am trying to compute the following derivative in Mathematica (I wrote
it down in Latex-notation):

num = Exp[-(y_{i} - y_{j})^{2}]
den = \sum_{k=1}^{n} \sum{h=k+1}^{n} Exp[-(y_{k} - y_{h})^{2}]
expr = \sum_{j=1}^{n} p_{i,j} Log[p_{i,j} / (num / den)]
D[expr, y_{i}]

However, the resulting derivative Mathematica comes up with is
incorrect (I checked that by numerical comparison), because it does not
seem to understand that y_{k} and y_{h} will be in some cases equal to
y_{i}. How can I resolve this problem?


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