### About

# The logistic map

The logistic equation was first proposed by **Robert May** as a
simple model of population dynamics. This equation can be written as a
one-dimensional difference equation that transforms the population in
one generation, *x _{n}*, into a succeeding generation,

*x*.

_{n+1}
*x _{n+1 }= 4 r x_{n} (1-x_{n})*

Because the population is scaled so that the maximum value is one, the
domain of *x* falls on the interval* [0; 1]*.

The behavior of the logistic equation depends on the value of the growth
parameter, *r*. If the growth parameter is less than a critical
value *r<0.75*..., then *x* approaches a stable fixed
value. Above this value for *r*, the behavior of *x* begins to
change. First the population begins to oscillate between two values. If *r*
increases further, then *x* oscillates between four values, then
eight values. This doubling ends when *r > 0.8924864..*. after
which almost any *x* value is possible.

# Generalized logistic map

*x _{n+1 }= 4rx_{n}(1-x_{n}) = 4 r ( x_{n}
-x_{n}^{2}) *

The logistic series rule sets the next generation proportional to the
existing one in its first term. This alone would lead to exponential
growth for *r > 1/4*, and to exponential decline for *r < 1/4*).
The second term introduces a diminution that depends on the square of
the existing population (note that in the above formulation *x _{n}
< 1* , hence

*x*).

_{n}^{2}< x_{n}
The issue for a given growth rate *r* is: will the population
approach a stable equilibrium (limit) value of linear growth and
quadratic extinction − assuming an unlimited number of generations under
identical conditions. If so, how does the equilibrium value depend on
the growth rate* r *?

Growth exists when *x _{n+1 }> x_{n}*, hence

*r > 1/(4(1-x*. As

_{n}))*0 < x < 1*, for

*r < 0.25,*all populations will iterate to zero, independent of the starting value. If for

*r > 0.25*an equilibrium value exists, a starting population greater than the limit should shrink to it, smaller ones should expand to it.

In the simulation *r* is increased in steps of 0.001 in the range *0
< r < 1 *. The calculation for each step starts with a random
value *0 < x _{1}< 1 *. In a calculation loop 2000
members of the series are calculated. The first ones differ largely in
dependence on the random initial value. Therefore the first 1000
iterations are suppressed in the chart. For each step in

*r*1000 points on the ordinate could represent the iterations 1000 to 2000.

In the range *0.25 < r < 0.75* the iterations are so close
together that they appear as one point only, resulting in a *"limit
curve"* in dependence on *r*.

Then the curve splits in two (*bifurcation*), which means that the
iteration now has two accumulation points for a certain *r. *The
bifurcation repeats itself, until no accumulation points are visible any
longer.

Quite surprisingly between the "filled" bands there are some quasi "empty" bands with only a few accumulation points.

The determining term is the product *4r*; factors different from *4*
just scale the abscissa differently.

It is not decisive for the bifurcation that the limiting term is exactly *(1-x _{n})*.
The crucial point is the

__nonlinearity__of the conjunction

*x*

_{n}-x_{n}^{2}.
To demonstrate this, a generalized series rule is used in this
simulation, using a term *(1-x _{n}^{k}), with k > 0 *:

*x _{n+1 }= 4rx_{n}(1-x_{n}^{k})*

When opening the simulation *k = 1*; **Start **produces
the common logistic map**.**

After **Stop** *k* can be changed in the range *0.1 < k < 2 *by
a **slider***. *The abscissa scaling is adjusted automatically.

The left chart displays the total range, the right one that of bifurcation with higher resolution. One can differentiate the calculation steps and the bifurcation structure in more detail if the window is expanded to full screen size.

**Author** von LogisticMap.xlm : Francisco
Esquembre and Wolfgang Christian.

Text and original idea from the Open Source Physics project manual

**Date : **July 2003

Generalized by Dieter Roess in August 08

This simulation is part of

“Learning and Teaching Mathematics using Simulations

– Plus 2000 Examples from Physics”

ISBN 978-3-11-025005-3, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG

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### Credits

Dieter Roess - WEH- Foundation; Tan Wei Chiong; Lookang Wee; Wolfgang Christian; Francisco Esquembre

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### For Teachers

The Logistic Map is used to model population growth using the following equation: **x(n+1) = rx(n)(1 - x(n))**

where ** x** represents the ratio of the existing population to the maximum possible population,

**represents the number of iterations, and**

*n***is a parameter ranging between 0 and 4 that changes the behaviour of the population growth.**

*r*In this simulation, we denote the parameter

**by**

*r***, where**

*4r***now ranges between 0 and 1. From here on, when we refer to**

*r***, we mean the**

*r***in the simulation that ranges between 0 and 1.**

*r*This model simulates the effects of

**reproduction**, where the population size increases at a rate proportional to the current population when the population is small, and

**starvation**, where the population size decreases at a rate proportional to the carrying capacity of the environment.

It is not decisive for the bifurcation that the limiting term is exactly

**. The crucial point is the**

*(1-x(n))***non-linearity**of the conjunction

**.**

*x(n) -x(n)^2*To demonstrate this, a generalised series rule is used in this simulation, using a term

**, with**

*(1-x(n)^k)***:**

*k > 0*

*x(n+1) = 4rx(n)(1-x(n)^k)*When

**is approximately 0.89 to 1, the population size starts to exhibit chaotic behaviour, fluctuating wildly between many values. In fact, the Logistic Map is commonly used to show how chaotic systems can arise from seemingly simple models.**

*r*Research

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### Version:

- http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2016/02/vector-addition-b-c-model-with.html improved version with joseph chua's inputs
- http://weelookang.blogspot.sg/2014/10/vector-addition-model.html original simulation by lookang

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