Authors’ abstract: We consider a three-term nonlinear recurrence relation involving a nonlinear filtering function with a positive threshold
. We work out a complete asymptotic analysis for all solutions of this equation when the threshold varies from
. It is found that all solutions either tend to 0, a limit 1-cycle, or a limit 2-cycle, depending on whether the parameter
is smaller than, equal to, or greater than a critical value. It is hoped that techniques in this paper may be useful in explaining natural bifurcation phenomena and in the investigation of neural networks in which each neural unit is inherently governed by our nonlinear relation.