# Tag Archives | derivatives ## Applications of Derivatives

The derivative defines the rate at which one variable changes with respect to another.  It is an important concept that comes in extremely useful in many applications: in everyday life, the derivative can tell you at which speed you are driving, or help you predict fluctuations on the stock market; in machine learning, derivatives are […] ## A Gentle Introduction to Derivatives of Powers and Polynomials

One of the most frequently used functions in machine learning and data science algorithms are polynomials or functions involving powers of x. It is therefore, important to understand how the derivatives of such functions are calculated. In this tutorial, you will discover how to compute the derivative of powers of x and polynomials. After completing […] ## A Gentle Introduction to Function Derivatives

The concept of the derivative is the building block of many topics of calculus. It is important for understanding integrals, gradients, Hessians, and much more. In this tutorial, you will discover the definition of a derivative, its notation and how you can compute the derivative based upon this definition. You will also discover why the […]