# Directional derivative with automatic differentiation

Hello,

I would like to compute the directional derivative of a vector-valued function f at a point x along the direction v, i.e. \nabla f(x) \cdot v using ForwardDiff.jl.
From what I understood, it is possible to compute this with a single Dual vector whose field value is to x and whose dual values are set to v.

Can someone walk me through this implementation with Dual numbers? I am getting the good result, but I still end up summing the entries of the Jacobian (hence forming the Jacobian =( ). What is a better way to implement this directional derivative?

using ForwardDiff
import ForwardDiff: seed!

function f(x)
@show "call"
return [2.0*x + x^3 + x^2; 3.0*x + x^2]
end

x = rand(10)
v = rand(10)
y = zero(x)

xdual = cfg.duals
# Create seeds along the direction v
seeds = ntuple(j -> ForwardDiff.Partials(ntuple(i-> i==j ? v[i] : 0.0, N)), N)

seed!(xdual, x, seeds)

ydual = f(xdual)

Jv = ForwardDiff.jacobian(f, x)*v

@show norm(Jv - sum(ydual.partials))
@show norm(Jv - sum(ydual.partials))

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The directional derivative at x along d is also just:
ForwardDiff.derivative(t -> f(x + t * d), 0.0)