Thank you for the reply.
It certainly made it clearer, but I still have questions:
I am doing my best to find answers by looking through documentation, source code and inspecting objects in Jupyter notebook, but I still cannot find the answers I’m looking for. Forgive my incompetence, I have previously mostly worked with C# and am apparently finding it hard to investigate documentation and source code for Python.
Let’s take a simple example:
z = y.sum()
Calling z.backward() has resulted in x.grad being updated. Ultimately, my question is how.
You say that z.grad_fn contains something leading back to x? From what I can see type(z.grad_fn)=SumBackward0, which is not a type/class that I have been able to find source or documentation for. Perhaps it is a subclass to the Function class? Basically I am trying to find some attribute of z which points back to x. If z.grad_fn points back to x, then my question is how/where? Is it possible to inspect z.grad_fn to gain full information on the graph?
Since I am not able to find answers to my own questions, it seems that I must be using the documenation wrong. For instance I find it hard to get information on grad_fn. If you have any sense of how I might be going at this the wrong way, any guidance is appreciated.