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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Professor Tom Coleman and Wei Xu's book Automatic Differentiation in MATLAB using ADMAT with Applications has been published by SIAM.

Coleman & Xu book"The calculation of partial derivatives is a fundamental need in scientific computing. Automatic differentiation (AD) can be applied straightforwardly to obtain all necessary partial derivatives (usually first and, possibly, second derivatives) regardless of a code’s complexity. However, the space and time efficiency of AD can be dramatically improved—sometimes transforming a problem from intractable to highly feasible—if inherent problem structure is used to apply AD in a judicious manner.

Automatic Differentiation in MATLAB Using ADMAT with Applications discusses the efficient use of AD to solve real problems, especially multidimensional zero-finding and optimization, in the MATLAB® environment. This book is concerned with the determination of the first and second derivatives in the context of solving scientific computing problems with an emphasis on optimization and solutions to nonlinear systems. The authors

  • focus on the application rather than the implementation of AD,
  • solve real nonlinear problems with high performance by exploiting the problem structure in the application of AD, and
  • provide many easy to understand applications, examples, and MATLAB templates.

This book will prove useful to financial engineers, quantitative analysts, and researchers working with inverse problems, as well as to engineers and applied scientists in other fields."

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