J. Day, J. Rubin and C. Chow
Competition between transients in the rate of approach to a fixed point
SIAM J. Appl. Dyn. Syst.Vol. 8 No. 4
(2009) pp. 1523-1563
AbstractThe goal of this paper is to provide and apply tools for analyzing a specific aspect of transient dynamics not covered by previous theory. The question we address is whether one component of a perturbed solution to a system of differential equations can overtake the corresponding component of a reference solution as both converge to a stable node at the origin, given that the perturbed solution was initially farther away and that both solutions are nonnegative for all time. We call this phenomenon tolerance, for its relation to a biological effect. We show using geometric arguments that tolerance will exist in generic linear systems with a complete set of eigenvectors and in excitable nonlinear systems. We also define a notion of inhibition that may constrain the regions in phase space where the possibility of tolerance arises in general systems. However, these general existence theorems do not not yield an assessment of tolerance for specific initial conditions. To address that issue, we develop some analytical tools for determining if particular perturbed and reference solution initial conditions will exhibit tolerance.