A dynamical system is a System that changes over time. The change can be continuous, i.e. a flow of system states, or discrete, i.e. a cascade or map. In other words, flow and map describe its System Dynamics.
Flows and maps are mathematically described by evolution functions, often the solutions of differential equations, that project points in a system’s State Space to other points in this space.
A stable state in the evolution of a system is called a steady state. Steady states are grouped into the system’s Attractors.
Systems that have structure and hence are potentially Complex Systems are far from; their stable states are thus s. When , we are interested in the attractors defined by these states.
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