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  • Subject: [mg43792] matrix differentiation
  • From: Bp Sudheer <phani.sudheer at>
  • Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2003 02:05:19 -0400 (EDT)
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   I want to differentiate an expression like 

f(y) = X'{(w'*X)(X'*w')}X with respect X where each of these elements are 

X is of the order N X 1 matrix 
w is of the order N X N matrix 
f(y) is of the order of 1 X 1 matrix

X' is the transpose of X and w' is the transpose of w 

if X = [x0 x1] ( for eg ) and say N = 2 

Can any one help me how do i get the gradient of f(y) with respect to X


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