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I would like to differentiate Ax with respect to A where A is a matrix. Now, obviously, I know the derivative is x but for more nasty expressions, is there a way to differentiate expressions with respect to matrices in Mathematica? I've only seen scalar differentiation so far.

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    $\begingroup$ probably a real nontrivial example would be useful. $\endgroup$ – george2079 Oct 20 '15 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ What you have written is incorrect. The gradient of $Ax$ with respect to $x$ is $A^T$, but the derivative of $Ax$ with respect to $A$ is actually a rank-3 tensor (i.e. you need to take the derivative of $(Ax)_i$ with respect to each $A_{jk}$). $\endgroup$ – Ross B. Sep 20 '16 at 20:49
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I suppose the answer may not be general enough but there isn't to much info in the quesion.

Let's make MMA forget about the fact that A is a matrix.

A = Array[a, {5, 5}];

Block[{A},
 D[A x, A]
]
x
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