[R] Derivative of a function

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Tue Jul 5 13:57:01 CEST 2005

Gabriel Rodrigues Alves Margarido wrote:

> Suppose I have a simple function that returns a matrix, such as:
> test <- function(x){ return(matrix(c(x,x^2,x^3,x^4),2,2)) }
> so that test returns:
> [ x      x^3 ]
> [ x^2    x^4 ]
> Is it possible for me to get the derivative of an expression such as:
> c(1,0) %*% test() %*% c(0,1)
> The vectors are used just to "index" the matrix.
> I don't want a value, but the expression to work with (in that case,
> the expected expression would be 3*x^2)...
> Tried functions D and deriv in many ways, but no success.
> I will be grateful if anyone can help.

I think you cannot easily handle expressions like this.
Perhaps you better look for some algebra system such as Mathematica and 

Uwe Ligges

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