Synopses & Reviews
Deterministic chaos provides a novel framework for the analysis of irregular time series. Traditionally, nonperiodic signals are modeled by linear stochastic processes. But even very simple chaotic dynamical systems can exhibit strongly irregular time evolution without random inputs. Chaos theory offers completely new concepts and algorithms for time series analysis which can lead to a thorough understanding of the signal. The book introduces a broad choice of such concepts and methods, including phase space embeddings, nonlinear prediction and noise reduction, Lyapunov exponents, dimensions and entropies, as well as statistical tests for nonlinearity. Related topics like chaos control, wavelet analysis and pattern dynamics are also discussed. Applications range from high quality, strictly deterministic laboratory data to short, noisy sequences which typically occur in medicine, biology, geophysics or the social sciences. All material is discussed and illustrated using real experimental data.
"...original, fundamentally honest, and very useful and valuable...an indispensable tool for [those] confronted with the analysis of possibly chaotic signals." Journal of Biological Sciences"The book is a good reference to the current state of the art from the nonlinear dynamics community and is importnant reading for anyone faced with interpreting irregular time series." Contemporary Physics, Professor R.S. MacKay
The paradigm of deterministic chaos has influenced thinking in many fields of science. Chaotic systems show rich and surprising mathematical structures. In the applied sciences, deterministic chaos provides a striking explanation for irregular behaviour and anomalies in systems which do not seem to be inherently stochastic. The most direct link between chaos theory and the real world is the analysis of time series from real systems in terms of nonlinear dynamics. Experimental technique and data analysis have seen such dramatic progress that, by now, most fundamental properties of nonlinear dynamical systems have been observed in the laboratory. Great efforts are being made to exploit ideas from chaos theory wherever the data displays more structure than can be captured by traditional methods. Problems of this kind are typical in biology and physiology but also in geophysics, economics, and many other sciences.
New edition of a successful advanced text on nonlinear time series analysis.
The time variability of many natural and social phenomena is not well described by standard methods of data analysis. However, nonlinear time series analysis uses chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics to understand seemingly unpredictable behavior. The results are applied to real data from physics, biology, medicine, and engineering in this volume. Researchers from all experimental disciplines, including physics, the life sciences, and the economy, will find the work helpful in the analysis of real world systems. First Edition Hb (1997): 0-521-55144-7 First Edition Pb (1997): 0-521-65387-8
The time variability of many natural and social phenomena is not well described by standard methods of data analysis. Nonlinear time series analysis uses chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics to understand such seemingly unpredictable behaviour. Results are applied to real data from physics, biology, medicine, and engineering. While based on a sound mathematical background, the book emphasises practical usefulness. Researchers from all experimental disciplines, including physics, the life sciences, and economy, will find guidance for the analysis of real world systems.
First time paperback of very successful volume from Cambridge Nonlinear Science Series.
Table of Contents
Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. Basic Topics: 1. Introduction: why nonlinear methods?; 2. Linear tools and general considerations; 3. Phase space methods; 4. Determinism and predictability; 5. Instability: Lyapunov exponents; 6. Self-similarity: dimensions; 7. Using nonlinear methods when determinism is weak; 8. Selected nonlinear phenomena; Part II. Advanced Topics: 9. Advanced embedding methods; 10. Chaotic data and noise; 11. More about invariant quantities; 12. Modelling and forecasting; 13. Non-stationary signals; 14. Coupling and synchronisation of nonlinear systems; 15. Chaos control; Appendix A: using the TISEAN programs; Appendix B: description of the experimental data sets; References; Index.