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dc.contributor.advisor Dennis, John E., Jr.
dc.creatorRosemblun, Marcela Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T00:29:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T00:29:39Z
dc.date.issued 1993
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/13777
dc.description.abstract Automatic Differentiation is a computational technique that allows the evaluation of derivatives of functions defined by computer programs. Derivatives are calculated by applying the chain rule of differential calculus to the sequence of elementary computations involved in the program. In this work, an overview of the theory and implementation of automatic differentiation is presented, as well as a description of the available software. An application of automatic differentiation in the context of solving systems of parameterized nonlinear equations is discussed. In this application, the "differentiated" functions are implementations of Newton's method and Broyden's method. The iterates generated by the algorithms are differentiated with respect to the parameters. The results show that whenever the sequence of iterates converges to a solution of the system, the corresponding sequence of derivatives (computed by automatic differentiation) also converges to the correct value. Additionally, we show that the "differentiated" algorithms can be successfully employed in the solution of parameter identification problems via the Black-Box method.
dc.format.extent 107 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMathematics
Computer science
dc.title Automatic differentiation: Overview and application to systems of parameterized nonlinear equations
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material Text
thesis.degree.department Computer Science
thesis.degree.discipline Engineering
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts


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