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A lightweight Python library supporting forward and reverse mode automatic differentiation variables and computation.

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CS207 Final Project

Group 11 - The Differentiators

Michael Scott, Dimitris Vamvourellis, Yiwen Wang, Royce Yap

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How to install ADKit

ADKit can be installed through the Python Package Index using the following command in the command terminal:

pip install ADKit

Alternatively, the user may install ADKit by cloning the github repository ( or downloading as a zipped archive.

ADKit has only numpy (v. 1.14.3 or higher) as a pre-installation requirement. If numpy is not installed, this can be installed using the requirements.txt file included in the repository, after it is downloaded, using the following code:

pip install -r requirements.txt

How to use ADKit (Forward Mode)

The following steps walk the user through a basic demo of how to import and use the ADKit package for a scalar multivariate function:

Importing ADKit.AutoDiff and requirements

The following code imports the forward mode variable class from ADKit.

from ADKit.AutoDiff import Ad_Var

Using ADKit to compute derivative of a vector-valued multivariate function (forward mode)

The user can also use ADKit to calculate the value and the jacobian matrix of a vector-valued function. Again the variables must be instantiated in the same way as discussed above. Then, a vector-valued function can be defined as a numpy array of functions composed of instantiated Ad_Var variables.

An example is shown below for the vector valued function f = [sin^2(2x) + z^y][e^x + z] for x = 1, y = 2, z = 3:

x = Ad_Var(1, np.array([1, 0, 0]))
y = Ad_Var(2, np.array([0, 1, 0]))
z = Ad_Var(3, np.array([0, 0, 1]))

f = np.array([(Ad_Var.sin(2*x))**2 + z**y, Ad_Var.exp(x) + z])

Then, the user can call get_jacobian to get the jacobian matrix of f evaluated at x = 1, y = 2, z = 3. The first argument of this method is the vector-valued function f defined as a numpy array. The second argument is the dimension of the vector of the functions (in this example the vector-valued function has 2 dimensions). The third argument is the number of variables composing the vector-valued function (in this example vector-valued function is composed of 3 variables, x,y and z).

Ad_Var.get_jacobian(f, 2, 3)

Also, the user can call get_values by passing f, to calculate the value of the vector-valued function for the given values of the variables.


For more information on the forward mode and the extension (Reverse Mode), please refer to the Documentation file in the docs folder.

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