# statsmodels.tools.numdiff.approx_hess3¶

`statsmodels.tools.numdiff.``approx_hess3`(x, f, epsilon=None, args=(), kwargs={})[source]

Calculate Hessian with finite difference derivative approximation

Parameters: 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**(1/4)*x. args : tuple Arguments for function f. kwargs : dict Keyword arguments for function f. hess : ndarray array of partial second derivatives, Hessian

Notes

Equation (9) in Ridout. Computes the Hessian as:

```1/(4*d_j*d_k) * ((f(x + d[j]*e[j] + d[k]*e[k]) - f(x + d[j]*e[j]
- d[k]*e[k])) -
(f(x - d[j]*e[j] + d[k]*e[k]) - f(x - d[j]*e[j]
- d[k]*e[k]))
```

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

References

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

This is an alias for approx_hess3