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Escape from the unit interval under the transformation $ x\mapsto\lambda x(1-x)$

Author: Bruce R. Henry
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 41 (1973), 146-150
MSC: Primary 26A18
MathSciNet review: 0322109
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Abstract: For $ \lambda > 4$ the transformation $ x \mapsto \lambda x(1 - x)$ maps the unit interval into itself except for an interval of $ x$ values centered at $ \tfrac{1}{2}$ that ``escapes". It is shown that almost all of the unit interval eventually escapes if the transformation is iterated. An easy example is then given for which the theorem fails, and the question is raised for exactly what class of functions the theorem holds.

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Keywords: One dimensional quadratic transformation, difference equation, infinite product, iteration, iterated inverse, oscillatory iteration
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