Bifurcations of Some Planar Discrete Dynamical Systems with Applications

Toufik Khyat, University of Rhode Island


The focus of this thesis is on some contemporary problems in the field of difference equations and discrete dynamical systems. The problems that I worked on range global attractivity results to all types of bifurcations for systems of difference equations in the plane. The major goal was to investigate the impact of nonlinear perturbation and the introduction of quadratic terms on linear fractional difference equations such as the Beverton-Holt as well as the Sigmoid Beverton-Holt Model with delay that describes the growth or decay of single species. The first Manuscript was on the study of the following equation: [special characters omitted] Which was an open problem suggested by Dr. Kulenović. It is a perturbation of the linear fractional difference equation: [special characters omitted] The solutions of Equation(1) undergo very interesting dynamics as I showed that the variation of the parameter p can cause the exhibition of the Naimark-Sacker bifurcation. I compute the direction of the Naimark-Sacker bifurcation for the difference equation (1) and I provide an asymptotic approximation of the closed invariant curve which comes to existence as the unique positive equilibrium point loses its stability. Moreover tools and global stability result to provide a region of the parameter where local stability implies global stability of the equilibrium. In my second Manuscript, I considered the difference equation: [special characters omitted] where C, D and F are positive numbers and the initial conditions x-1 and x0 are non-negative numbers. Equation \eqref{open2} which is also a non-linear perturbation of the Beverton Holt model, belongs to the category of difference equations with a unique positive equilibrium that exhibit the Naimark-Sacker bifurcation. The investigation of the dynamics of such equation is very challenging as it depends on more than one parameter. However I give a method for proving that its dynamics undergoes the Naimark-Sacker bifurcation. Moreover I compute the direction of the Neimark-Sacker bifurcation for this difference equation and provide the asymptotic approximation of the invariant closed curve. Furthermore I give the necessary and sufficient conditions for global asymptotic stability of the zero equilibrium as well as sufficient conditions for global asymptotic stability of the positive equilibrium. The following theorem is the major result that I relied on to prove global asymptotic stability of the equilibria in my first two Manuscripts: Theorem 1 Let I be a compact interval of the real numbers and assume that f : I3 → I is a continuous function satisfying the following properties: 1. f(x, y, z) is non-decreasing in x and non-increasing in y and z; 2. The system [special characters omitted] has a unique solution M = m in I. Then the equation x n+1 = f(xn, xn-1, xn-2 ) has a unique equilibrium x¯ in I and every solution of it that enters I must converge to x¯. In addition, x¯ is globally asymptotically stable. As of my third manuscript, I focused on providing some possible scenarios for general discrete competitive dynamical systems in the plane. I applied the results achieved to a class of second order difference equations of the form: [special characters omitted] where the function f(x, y) is decreasing in the variable x and increasing in the variable y. In my proofs I relied on a collection of well established theorems and results. Furthermore I illustrate my results with an application to equation: [special characters omitted] With initial conditions x-1 and x0 arbitrary nonnegative numbers and parameters c, d, f >0. Equation. (3) is a special case of: [special characters omitted] which of great interest to the field of difference equation and special cases of it were considered by different scholars. It also turns out to be a non-linear perturbation of the Sigmoid Beverton-Holt model. I characterize completely the global bifurcations and dynamics of equation.(3) with the basins of attraction of all its equilibria and periodic solutions. Moreover I provide techniques to investigates cases that are not covered by the established theorems in the theory of competitive maps. Finally in my fourth manuscript I considered extending some existing theorems and proving some new global stability results, namely for difference equations that are of the form [special characters omitted] where f(x, y) is either increasing in the first and decreasing in the second variable, or decreasing in both variables. In addition I illustrate my results with examples and applications. I also provide a new proof for Pielou's equation (a mathematical model in population dynamics).

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Toufik Khyat, "Bifurcations of Some Planar Discrete Dynamical Systems with Applications" (2017). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI10266921.