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Topic: Non-linear recursive functions
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Richard Clark

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Re: Non-linear recursive functions
Posted: Jul 4, 2012 3:42 PM
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On Wednesday, July 4, 2012 2:05:46 AM UTC+1, Tim Norfolk wrote:
> On Tuesday, July 3, 2012 5:30:09 PM UTC-4, Richard Clark wrote:
> > I've been investigating orbits produced by iterating funtions of the
> > form f(x,y) = (y,g(x,y)) for different functions g and different
> > initial values of x and y.
> >
> > For example let g(x,y) = 2^y - x
> >
> > f then has 2 fixed points; at (1,1) and (2,2)
> >
> > (This is quite easy to do in Excel.)
> >
> > If we start from the point (1+a,1+a) where 0 < a < 1 the orbit goes
> > round the point (1,1) in a loop if a is close to 0. As we increase
> > the size of a the loop seems to get 'pulled' towards the other fixed
> > point (2,2) so that it has a pear shape. As a gets very close to 1
> > (e.g. 0.999) an interesting thing happens: The orbit goes round (1,1)
> > in a loop a certain number of times and then shoots off extremely
> > quickly. This seems to be chaotic: Although the same behaviour occurs
> > if we increase a further, the number of times it goes around the loop
> > before it shoots off is unpredictable.
> >
> > Does anybody know anything about these functions?
> >
> > Is there a general theory of them?

>
> Look up 'ergodic theory'.


Thanks, but I don't think ergodic theory applies to the function above because Lesbesgue measure isn't invariant under it (although I think it may be quasi-invariant).



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