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On the periodic logistic equation. (English) Zbl 1109.90010
Summary: We show that the \(p\)-periodic logistic equation \(x_{n+1} = \mu _{n\,\text{mod\,} p}x_{n}(1 - x_{n})\) has cycles (periodic solutions) of minimal periods \(1, p, 2p, 3p, \dots\) Then we extend Singer’s theorem to periodic difference equations, and use it to show the \(p\)-periodic logistic equation has at most \(p\) stable cycles. Also, we present computational methods investigating the stable cycles in case \(p = 2\) and 3.

MSC:
90B06 Transportation, logistics and supply chain management
39A11 Stability of difference equations (MSC2000)
37C25 Fixed points and periodic points of dynamical systems; fixed-point index theory, local dynamics
37C70 Attractors and repellers of smooth dynamical systems and their topological structure
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