Lyapunov exponent

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Lyapunov exponent

[li·pu̇′nȯf ik‚spō·nənt]
(physics)
One of a number of coefficients that describe the rates at which nearby trajectories in phase space converge or diverge, and that provide estimates of how long the behavior of a mechanical system is predictable before chaotic behavior sets in.
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max], structural properties, and sources for the used Lyapunov test examples.