Klassiska populationsmodeller kontra stokastiska : En simuleringsstudie ur matematiskt och datalogiskt perspektiv

by Nilsson, Mattias; Jönsson, Ingela

Abstract (Summary)
In this interdisciplinary study, three classic population models will be studied from a mathematical view: Malthus’ growth, Verhulst’s logistic model and Lotka-Volterra’s model for hunter and prey. The classic models are being compared to the stochastic ones. The stochastic models studied are the birthdeath processes and their diffusion approximation. Comparisons are made by averaging simulations.It requires numerous simulations to carry out the comparisons. The simulations must be carried out on a computer and this is where the computer science emerges to the project. The models, along with the handling of the results, have been implemented in both MatLab and in C in order to allow a comparison between the two languages whilst executing the above mentioned study. Attempts to time optimization and an evaluation concerning the user-friendliness regarding the implementation of mathematical problems will be performed.Mathematic conclusions, which have been drawn, are that the averaging solutions do not always coincide with the traditional models when they are being simulated over large time. In the logistic model and in Lotka-Volterra’s model the stochastic simulations will sooner or later die when the time is moving towards infinity, whilst their deterministic representation keeps on living. In the exponential model, the mean values of the stochastic simulations and of the deterministic solution coincide. There is, however, a large spread for the stochastic simulations when they are carried out over a large time.Computer scientific conclusions drawn from the study includes that when it comes to implementing a few models, along with the handling of the results, to be used repeatedly, C is the most appropriate language as it proved to be significantly faster during execution. However, all of the difficulties during the implementation of mathematical problems in C must be kept in mind. These difficulties can be avoided if the implementation instead takes place in MatLab, where a numerous of mathematical functions and solutions will be available.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Växjö universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:stochastic simulation population growth model malthus exponential verhulst logistic lotka volterra diffusion approximation birthdeath process time optimization c matlab matrix memory allocation clear


Date of Publication:09/15/2008

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