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Planar competitive and cooperative difference equations. (English) Zbl 0907.39004
The author considers the two-dimensional dynamical system given by $$u_{n +1} =f(u_n) -g(v_n),\ v_{n+1} =f(v_n) -g(u_n), \tag *$$ generated by the map $P(u,v)= (f(u)- g(v), \ f(v)-g(u))$. Assuming that $f$ and $g$ are nondecreasing, $P$ is a competitive map which leaves invariant the diagonal $\Delta= \{(u,v):v=u\}$. General definitions of order relations and competitive and cooperative maps are given and, by an example, it is shown that complicated dynamics can occur for such maps, but for exceptional initial data. This paper focusses on the special class of orientation reversing competitive and cooperative maps. Such maps have relatively simple dynamics. Finally, several applications to two models in population biology are discussed.

39A10Additive difference equations
92D25Population dynamics (general)
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