Distinguishing error from chaos in ecological time series

G. Sugihara, B. Grenfell, R. M. May

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Completely deterministic regulatory factors can lead to apparently random fluctuations in population density. The authors develop a new method (that can be applied to limited data sets) to make practical distinctions between apparently noisy dynamics produced by low-dimensional chaos and population variation that in fact derives from random (high-dimensional) noise, such as environmental stochasticity or sampling error. There is a discussion by P. Chesson, H.M. Platt & M. Williamson. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-251
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophical Transactions - Royal Society of London, B
Issue number1257
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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