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Pynamical: Model and visualize discrete nonlinear dynamical systems, chaos, and fractals


  • Boeing, Geoff

    (Northeastern University)


Pynamical is an educational Python package for introducing the modeling, simulation, and visualization of discrete nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos, focusing on one-dimensional maps (such as the logistic map and the cubic map). Pynamical facilitates defining discrete one-dimensional nonlinear models as Python functions with just-in-time compilation for fast simulation. It comes packaged with the logistic map, the Singer map, and the cubic map predefined. The models may be run with a range of parameter values over a set of time steps, and the resulting numerical output is returned as a pandas DataFrame. Pynamical can then visualize this output in various ways, including with bifurcation diagrams, two-dimensional phase diagrams, three-dimensional phase diagrams, and cobweb plots. These visualizations enable simple qualitative assessments of system behavior including phase transitions, bifurcation points, attractors and limit cycles, basins of attraction, and fractals.

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  • Boeing, Geoff, 2018. "Pynamical: Model and visualize discrete nonlinear dynamical systems, chaos, and fractals," SocArXiv g8nsf, Center for Open Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:osf:socarx:g8nsf
    DOI: 10.31219/

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    1. Boeing, Geoff, 2017. "Visual Analysis of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems: Chaos, Fractals, Self-Similarity and the Limits of Prediction," SocArXiv c7p43, Center for Open Science.
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