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On a transcendental equation in the stability analysis of a population growth model

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We consider the rate equation n = rn for the density n of a single species population in a constant environment. We assume only that there is a positive constant solution n*, that the rate of increase r depends on the history of n and that r decreases for great n. The stability properties of the solution n* depend on the location of the eigenvalues of the linearized functional differential equation. These eigenvalues are the complex solutions λ of the equation λ + α∫ −1 0 exp [λa]ds(a) − 0 with α>0 and s increasing, s (−1)=0, s (0)=1. We give conditions on a and s which ensure that all eigenvalues have negative real part, or that there are eigenvalues with positive real part. In the case of the simplest smooth function s (s=id+1), we obtain a theorem which describes the distribution of all eigenvalues in the complex plane for every α>0.

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Walther, H.-. On a transcendental equation in the stability analysis of a population growth model. J. Math. Biology 3, 187–195 (1976).

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  • Stability Analysis
  • Growth Model
  • Complex Plane
  • Mathematical Biology
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