, f, epsilon=None, args=(), kwargs={}, return_grad=False)[source]

Calculate Hessian with finite difference derivative approximation

  • x (array_like) – value at which function derivative is evaluated
  • f (function) – function of one array f(x, *args, **kwargs)
  • epsilon (float or array-like, optional) – Stepsize used, if None, then stepsize is automatically chosen according to EPS**(1/3)*x.
  • args (tuple) – Arguments for function f.
  • kwargs (dict) – Keyword arguments for function f.
  • return_grad (bool) – Whether or not to also return the gradient

  • hess (ndarray) – array of partial second derivatives, Hessian
  • grad (nparray) – Gradient if return_grad == True


Equation (7) in Ridout. Computes the Hessian as:

1/(d_j*d_k) * ((f(x + d[j]*e[j] + d[k]*e[k]) - f(x + d[j]*e[j])))

where e[j] is a vector with element j == 1 and the rest are zero and d[i] is epsilon[i].


Ridout, M.S. (2009) Statistical applications of the complex-step method
of numerical differentiation. The American Statistician, 63, 66-74