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### The natural metric of a phase space and the Lyapunov exponent

For me, it seems that there is no apparent metric on a phase space of a dynamical system. Of course one can naively define an Euclidean metric on it, but it seems that this metric has not much to do ...
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### What creates the chaotic motion on a double pendulum?

As we know, The double pendulum has a chaotic motion. But, why is this? I mean, the mass of the two pendulums are the same and they have the same length. But, what makes its motion random? I'm just ...
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### Which areas in physics overlap with those of social network theory for the analysis of the graphs?

I am studying social networks in terms of graph theory and linear algebra. I know that physicists have published and worked a lot in this field. This causes me to assume that there are sub-fields in ...
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### What are some of the best books on complex systems?

I'm rather interested in getting my feet wet at the interface of complex systems and emergence. Can anybody give me references to some good books on these topics? I'm looking for very introductory ...
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### Hamiltonian or not?

Is there a way to know if a system described by a known equation of motion admits a Hamiltonian function? Take for example $$\dot \vartheta_i = \omega_i + J\sum_j \sin(\vartheta_j-\vartheta_i)$$ ...
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### Deviation from power law distribution of earthquakes

One of the most accepted frameworks for the relationship between the magnitude and frequency of an earthquake is that of the critical phenomena. In this framework, the magnitude of events must be ...
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### How to properly use Perturbation Theory in classical systems?

Context: If we consider a particle in upwards motion near the Earth's surface and acted by a quadratic drag we get the non-linear eom: $$\frac{dv}{dt}=-g-\frac{b}{m}v^2.$$ We can solve it ...
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### Energy conservation without action principle?

The normal tagline for energy conservation is that it's a conserved quantity associated to time-translation invariance. I understand how this works for theories coming from a Lagrangian, and that this ...
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### What are the reasons for leaving the dissipative energy term out of the Hamiltonian when writing the Lyapunov function?

I have a problem with one of my study questions for an oral exam: The Hamiltonian of a nonlinear mechanical system, i.e. the sum of the kinetic and potential energies, is often used as a Lyapunov ...
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### Physics-oriented books on fractals

I'm looking for some good books on fractals, with a spin to applications in physics. Specifically, applications of fractal geometry to differential equations and dynamical systems, but with emphasis ...
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### Chaos and integrability in classical mechanics

An Liouville integrable system admits a set of action-angle variables and is by definition non-chaotic. Is the converse true however, are non-integrable systems automatically chaotic? Are there any ...
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### Stability theory [closed]

I'm studying stability theory recently and met a lot of phrases like linear stability and nonlinear instability. After searching on Google, I became more confused. Thus I wonder if there is any ...
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### Pink noise in low-dimensional systems

Pink noise (1/f) is often cited as a signature of complex or critical systems. Is it possible for a low-dimensional time-independent first-order system to generate pink noise? Intuitively it seems ...
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### Understanding the Jacobian Matrix

Taking the example of a two dimensional system, desribred by the following ODE's: \begin{align} \frac{dx_1}{dt}&=f_1(x_1,x_2)\\ \frac{dx_2}{dt}&=f_2(x_1,x_2) \end{align} The Jacobian Matrix ...
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### Running coupling outside QFT

I'm reading about the running coupling in QCD. I understand the vacuum polarization and its consequences. Also I've read that you can find the same phenomenon on the strong interaction, giving us the ...
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### Can a system that holds information about it's past ever be Markovian?

To my (basic) understanding a Markov process is a process wherein the future state of a system only depends on the current state, and not on the past states of the system. I was wondering on what ...
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### Analytic proof that Lyapunov exponents in Hamiltonian systems pairwise sum to zero

I have read that in Hamiltonian systems, Lyapunov exponents come in pairs $(\lambda_i, \lambda_{2N-i+1})$ such that their sum is equal to zero. Is there a way of proving this analytically? EDIT: ...
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### Calculating Lyapunov exponents from a multi-dimensional experimental time series

Wolf's paper Determining Lyapunov Exponents from a Time Series states that: Experimental data typically consist of discrete measurements of a single observable. The well-known technique of phase ...
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### About Poincare section for the double pendulum

I am reading Prof. Louis N. Hand's Analytical Mechanics. In the chapter about chaos, it introduces the concepts of Poincare section based on the example of double pendulum. Also, it plot the section ...
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### Solutions of nonlinear systems invariant wrt. perturbations (looking for applications)

I want to ask if the following purely mathematical problem (that I'm working on) might have some applications to physics. The problem in a nutshell: describe properties of solution sets of real ...
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### Scale invariance in sandpile model and forest fire model

I asked a similar question but the wrong way here. Because my intention was to ask about non thermodynamic system, i will be more specific: What is the relation between critical behaviour and the ...
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### Linearized equations

What is $V_{\alpha\beta}$? And what is a symmetric, positive definite potential energy matrix? And why is there a linearized equation like this?
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### What are the principles of deterministic chaos?

I see in literature very different (and chaotic) descriptions of what is deterministic chaos. Can you explain to me based in a type of formal definition, which principles need to be exactly fulfilled ...
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### Infinitesimal input, macroscopic output

I must admit that I never got well how physicists handle infinitesimal quantities, mainly because of my education as a mathematician. So the following lines (taken from the preface of Berezin and ...
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### When can an autonomous system be written using a Hamiltonian?

If I have an autonomous series of differential equations $$\tag{1} \frac{dx_i}{dt} ~=~ A_i(x_1,...,x_n)$$ with the condition that $$\tag{2} \sum_{i=1}^n\frac{\partial A_i}{\partial x_i}~=~0$$ in all ...
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### SOC and the butterfly effect

We knows that in a critical system and self organized criticality we have long range interaction due power law decay in correlation. Is this fact equivalent to the butterfly effect?
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### What is the future of complexity theory in black-hole physics and string theory? [closed]

I found the recent work by Hayden and Harlow and Susskind very fascinating. I have also heard talks by Scott Aaronson about this emerging connection. In particular this idea of understanding black-...
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### Reference for the Landau-Lifshitz system

I'm interested in understanding the dynamics of the discrete Landau-Lifshitz system. It's solutions to equations like $$\frac{\partial X_n}{\partial t} = X_n\times (X_{n-1}+X_{n+1})$$ where the $X_n$ ...
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### Kolgomorov entropy issues

I am long been confused by these entropy terms. Would be obliged if an explanation is provided in less technical jargon What are the differences between Shannon's entropy, topological entropy and ...
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### How to do linear stability analysis on this system of ODEs?

I was trying to do linear stability analysis of spring pendulum. I arrived at the differential equations which describe the system. But I am unable to proceed to linear stability analysis. Is it ...
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### Lacking of scale and distribution moments

Given a physical random variable x, $E(x)$ and $E((x-<x>)^2)$ defines mean and variance. From a statistical point of view variance represents the statistic error (isn't it?). If variance is not ...
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### Scale invariance and self organized criticality

On wikipedia i have found this statement: In physics, self-organized criticality (SOC) is a property of (classes of) dynamical systems which have a critical point as an attractor. Their ...
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### When is an attractor meaningful?

I’m originally a computer scientist; so I hope my question is not trivial. I’m working with time series and want to reconstruct the phase space from the time series based on time-lagged versions of ...
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### Physical interpretation of the canonical scalar product in linear dynamics

Consider a unforced, undamped, linear mechanical system with a finite number of degrees of freedom. Its (second order) dynamical equations can be gathered in a matrix equation $$M\ddot X + K X=0$$ ...
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### Importance of periodic orbits

In the study of dynamical systems, one often talks about solutions that repeat themselves after a certain time, hence their name of "periodic orbits". Then one moves to the distinction of "stable" (e....
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### Complexity of a physical system

Are there any accepted definitions quantifying the complexity of: a) macroscopic, classical mechanical systems (e.g., a bicycle) b) microscopic systems (ensembles of atoms)? By the way, I'm not ...
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### Two suns, one moon, and one planet?

I have a question about how would seasons and the moon cycle be affected in a system where one planet orbits Sun #1, and Sun #1 orbits a second sun. Online I found this description: "Type II: "...
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### Mapping between numbers and symbolic representations

I am not a physicist but applying symbolic dynamics for information coding in signal processing. Is there any mapping between symbols and numbers?
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### Examples of piecewise smooth dynamical systems [closed]

I have recently been studying continuous dynamical systems whose phase space can be divided into a number of regions. Inside each of these the flow is smooth, but there is a discrete jump in the flow ...
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### Characteristic length, characteristic time and complexity of the process

Different physical processed (starting from elementary particles or even below to the universe itself) have different length scales $L$ and different characteristic times $T$. Larger processed tend to ...
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### Why can any pair of master coordinates be used to calculate a nonlinear mode of a nonlinear dynamical system?

This is a question I have been asking myself for some time since the following technique is often used in the nonlinear dynamics community, but never managed to get an answer why it could be applied. ...
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### What does unfolding of attractor mean?

What does unfolding of attractor mean? Effect of time scales on the unfolding of neural attractors paper talks about Takens embedding theorum. It says that the embedding dimension should be large ...
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### Book reviewing current state of research on complex networks [closed]

Can anybody recommend a book reviewing the current state of knowledge and active research on complex networks? Not primarily a textbook but a true review of the field - ideally with references to ...
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### Normal distribution of x, xdot [closed]

I have some real measurements from a process and I happened to look at the mutual distribution of (x(t), xdot(t)). I found that they seem to follow 2d normal distribution around (mu, 0). See image, ...
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### What are the *necessary* conditions to deterministic chaos?

What are the necessary conditions (not saying sufficient conditions) in mathematical terms that a deterministic dynamic system can transit to deterministic chaos? We collected yet: A positive ...
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### Symbolic dynamics of a multidimensional system

Let $x_t = F(x_{t-1})$ be a discrete-time dynamical system in the chaotic regime. Starting from an initial condition $x_0$, we can generate a time series $(x_t)$ where $t =1,2,...,T$ indicates the ...
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### What are the patterns appear after kernel averaging?

Having a 2D map filled uniformly by random values (Figure:top-left) to demonstrate a disordered phenomena, the next maps are ...
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### Randomness v. complexity

There are a few other topics I found that explore this idea from a different perspective: Is randomness deterministic? Can randomness exist? Is the universe fundamentally deterministic? My ...
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### Hill's and Mathieu's equation [closed]

I am supposed to apply Hill's and Mathieu's equation to parametric pendulum. Can you tell me what is the difference between them? Why are they used? What do they describe?
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### Rainfalls and critical phenomena

By definition, rainfalls are transitions from vapor state to liquid state of water. I can say that "by definition" rainfalls must viewed as critical phenomenon?