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Sometimes you'd like to write your own algorithm. You can get far with rapid proptyping in numpy but a common downside is the lack of a differentiation tool. Jax is a tool that birdges this caveat. It is numpy compatible and does not force you to write code in a different way. It can even compile for use on a CPU/GPU.


Episode Notes

The slow part of the previous video is still the list comprehension. Let's start with out function and gradient.

from jax import vmap

def g(x):
    return np.sum(x**2)

grad_g = jit(grad(g))

Let's now do another comparison.

Before

%time _ = np.stack([grad_g(i) for i in np.linspace(0, 10, 1000)])

After

%time _ = vmap(grad_g)(np.linspace(0, 10, 1000))

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