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partial derivative

noun

, Mathematics.
  1. the derivative of a function with respect to one of its variables with all other variables held constant.


partial derivative

noun

  1. the derivative of a function of two or more variables with respect to one of the variables, the other or others being considered constant. Written ∂f/∂ x


partial derivative

/ pärshəl /

  1. The derivative with respect to a single variable of a function of two or more variables, regarding other variables as constants.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of partial derivative1

First recorded in 1970–75
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Example Sentences

There were multiple algorithms for finding this minimum, from gradient descent to setting the partial derivatives of the variance expression to zero.

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