Video: Derivative as the Best Affine Approximation

Ryan Adams · July 5, 2020

A useful way to think about derivatives (and gradients/Jacobians more generally) is as the maps that give you the best affine approximation at a point. This is part of a series of videos for COS 302: Mathematics for Numerical Computation and Machine Learning, replacing lectures after the course went remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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