Gauss iterated map

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Cobweb plot of the Gauss map for \alpha=4.90 and \beta=-0.58. This shows an 8-cycle.

In mathematics, the Gauss map (also known as Gaussian map[1] or mouse map), is a nonlinear iterated map of the reals into a real interval given by the Gaussian function:

 x_{n+1} = \exp(-\alpha x^2_n)+\beta, \,

where α and β are real parameters.

Named after Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, the function maps the bell shaped Gaussian function similar to the logistic map.


Properties[edit]

In the parameter real space x_n can be chaotic. The map is also called the mouse map because its bifurcation diagram resembles a mouse (see Figures).


Bifurcation diagram of the Gauss map with \alpha=4.90 and \beta in the range −1 to +1. This graph resembles a mouse.
Bifurcation diagram of the Gauss map with \alpha=6.20 and \beta in the range −1 to +1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaos and nonlinear dynamics: an introduction for scientists and engineers, by Robert C. Hilborn, 2nd Ed., Oxford, Univ. Press, New York, 2004.