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chain rule

noun, Mathematics
the theorem that defines the method for taking the derivative of a composite function.
Origin of chain rule
1860-65 Unabridged
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  • In these figures, the seed values for the refinement process are obtained by the chain rule method.
  • The iterative algorithm to adjust the weights is an application of the chain rule of calculus.
British Dictionary definitions for chain rule

chain rule

(maths) a theorem that may be used in the differentiation of the function of a function. It states that du/dx = (du/dy)(dy/dx), where y is a function of x and u a function of y
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