The docs in the source code for optim.SGD state the following:

```
.. note::
The implementation of SGD with Momentum/Nesterov subtly differs from
Sutskever et. al. and implementations in some other frameworks.
Considering the specific case of Momentum, the update can be written as
.. math::
v = \rho * v + g \\
p = p - lr * v
where p, g, v and :math:`\rho` denote the parameters, gradient,
velocity, and momentum respectively.
This is in contrast to Sutskever et. al. and
other frameworks which employ an update of the form
.. math::
v = \rho * v + lr * g \\
p = p - v
The Nesterov version is analogously modified.
```

Whatâ€™s the reason for this modification?