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Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 681296, 14 pages
Research Article

Examining the Chaotic Behavior in Dynamical Systems by Means of the 0-1 Test

Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, 43 Korai street, 38333 Volos, Greece

Received 23 January 2012; Revised 14 February 2012; Accepted 28 February 2012

Academic Editor: E. S. Van Vleck

Copyright © 2012 Loukas Zachilas and Iacovos N. Psarianos. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We perform the stability analysis and we study the chaotic behavior of dynamical systems, which depict the 3-particle Toda lattice truncations through the lens of the 0-1 test, proposed by Gottwald and Melbourne. We prove that the new test applies successfully and with good accuracy in most of the cases we investigated. We perform some comparisons of the well-known maximum Lyapunov characteristic number method with the 0-1 method, and we claim that 0-1 test can be subsidiary to the LCN method. The 0-1 test is a very efficient method for studying highly chaotic Hamiltonian systems of the kind we study in our paper and is particularly useful in characterizing the transition from regularity to chaos.