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Order and chaos in ecological systems

Order and chaos in ecological systems

Ecology (Washington D C) 66(1): 93-106

Systems of differential equations, exhibiting complex periodic or chaotic behavior, can sometimes be associated with 1-dimensional mappings (difference equations)which encapsulate the properties of the attractor governing the full n-dimensional system. Recent advances make it possible to reconstruct the underlying attractor, and hence the 1-dimensional map, from time-series data for a single state variable (species). This technique is illustrated with reference to a hypothetical system consisting of a single predator species and 2 spp. of victims. Trapping records for Canadian lynx [Lynx canadensis] suggest that the method may have application to real-world populations.

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DOI: 10.2307/1941309

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