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    Question Taking a partial derivative with respect to a model

    "[...] These variables give a measure of correspondence between signal {\bf X}(n) and model {\bf M}_h relative to all other models, h'. A mechanism of concept formation and learning, an internal dynamics of the modeling fields (MF) is defined as follows,

    {\bf S}_h = {\bf S}_h + \alpha \displaystyle\sum\limits_{n}f(h|n)\left(\frac{\par  tial \ln l(n|h)}{\partial {\bf M}_h}\right)\frac{\partial {\bf M}_h}{\partial {\bf S}_h}

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    Parameter \alpha determines the iteration step and speed of convergence of the MF system; N_h can be interpreted as a number of signals {\bf X}(n) associated with or coming from a concept object n. As already mentioned, in the MF internal dynamics, similarity measures are adapted so that their fuzziness is matched to the model uncertainty. [...]"
    http://www.leonid-perlovsky.com/4%20-%20Mehler.pdf (page 368)

    What does it mean to take a partial derivative with respect to a model {\bf M}_h i.e. \left(\frac{\partial \ln l(n|h)}{\partial {\bf M}_h}\right)?

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    The article says that l(n\mid h) is a contraction for l(\mathbf{X}(n)\mid\mathbf{M}_h(n)), i.e., l is a function of two arguments. So apparently \frac{\partial \ln l(n|h)}{\partial {\bf M}_h} is the derivative with respect to the second argument.
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    I see. Thank you for clearing that up for me.
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