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Re: Numerical Differentiation

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  • Subject: [mg4321] Re: Numerical Differentiation
  • From: Mark James <mrj at>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jul 1996 00:50:29 -0400
  • Organization: The University of Sydney
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Russell Brunelle wrote:

> I have needed to perform numerical differentiation as well.  The following
> function, which finds the derivative with respect to f[t] at point t0 is
> the best I could do.
> [ Function emulating differentiation by using small deltas deleted ]

Thanks Russell, I was using a method similar to this, but I wanted an
exact/stable/publishable(!) method.

I just discovered there is a numerical differentiation function
(ND[f[x], x, x0]) in the standard packages.  It is available under
NumericalMath`Nlimit`, so is not listed in the index of the package
guide.  It works, but is slower than the method we have both been using.

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