# XAD The Comprehensive Tool for Automatic Differentiation

XAD is a comprehensive open-source C++ library for automatic differentiation. It targets production-quality code at any scale, striving for both ease of use and high performance.

## Automatic Differentiation

Automatic differentiation (also called algorithmic differentiation) is a set of techniques for calculating partial derivatives of functions specified as computer programs. Since every program execution is always composed of a sequence of simple operations with known derivatives (arithmetics and mathematical functions like sin, exp, log, etc.), the chain rule can be applied repeatedly to calculate partial derivatives automatically. XAD implements this using operator-overloading in C++, allowing to compute derivatives with minimal changes to the program. See automatic differentation mathematical background for more details.