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Animal movement: symbolic dynamics and topological classification

Department of Mathematics, Center of Mathematical Research and Applications, CIMA, University of Evora, Portuga

Special Issues: Mathematical Methods in the Biosciences

We present a deterministic discrete dynamical system, which is used to produce and classify a variety of types of movements. The dynamical system is determined by the iteration of a bimodal interval map, dependent on one real parameter, up to scaling. The characterization of the movements is based on the topological classification of the discrete dynamical system. Techniques from symbolic dynamics and topological Markov chains are used. With this approach we obtain efficient simulation capability and a very simple characterization of distinct types of regular or complex motion. We discuss the application of the method to describe animal movement.
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