I’m just trying to work out the raionale for the conversion from the formula to the python code:

Why does this convert to:

`deriv = 2*error/len_data`

rather than

` (2/len_data) * error`

Apologies if this is obvious.

I’m just trying to work out the raionale for the conversion from the formula to the python code:

Why does this convert to:

`deriv = 2*error/len_data`

rather than

` (2/len_data) * error`

Apologies if this is obvious.

Hi @bullchris2,

First, you don’t ever need to apologize for asking questions when you are learning. That’s just how anybody learns.

In the MSE derivative formula, let’s just replace the summation of errors with a notation `J`

. So the derivative formula can be written as \frac{2}n\times{J} , which is also the equivalent of \frac{2\times{J} }n. That’s why it converts to the python code `2*error/len_data`

rather than `(2/len_data) * error`

.

I hope this helps, but honestly, I’m not sure which step tripped you. Let me know if you have further questions.

Honestly, it’s just the algebra, it’s been a while. I guess I’m still not sure why they’re equivalent? Sorry, I really feel like I’m being thick, but there’s definitely a multiplication algebra rule I’ve forgotton.

Again, no need to apologize. I really admire you for not afraid to admit you don’t know something. That’s very brave.

If it’s algebra you need a refresher on, I recommend Khan Academy, they have free quality courses on Math.

For this particular question, I will break it down step by step. If you still don’t get it, it would be helpful to point out which step is the one you tripped on:

- Step 1: For our convenience, let’s replace \sum_{i=1}^{n}{a_{0}+a_{1}x_{1}^{i} - y^{i}} with a notation J. Basically we are assigning the result of the summation to a variable
`J`

. - Step 2: Rewrite the derivative formula with notation J. So that:

\frac{d}{da_{0}}MSE(a_{0}, a_{1}) = \frac{2}{n}\times{J} . - Step 3 :\frac{d}{da_{0}}MSE(a_{0}, a_{1}) = \frac{2}{n}\times{J} = 2\times\frac{1}{n}\times{J} = \frac{2\times{J}}{n} .
- Step 4: Convert the formula to python code:
`deriv = 2*J/n`

, in our case`J`

is`error`

.

Hope this helps and I didn’t offend you by accident.