Journal of Function Spaces

Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 3152502, 10 pages

https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3152502

## Approximating Solution of Fabrizio-Caputo Volterra’s Model for Population Growth in a Closed System by Homotopy Analysis Method

Correspondence should be addressed to Juan J. Nieto

Received 23 March 2017; Revised 20 September 2017; Accepted 28 September 2017; Published 11 January 2018

Academic Editor: Xinguang Zhang

Copyright © 2018 Tahereh Bashiri et al. 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.

#### Abstract

Volterra’s model for population growth in a closed system consists in an integral term to indicate accumulated toxicity besides the usual terms of the logistic equation. Scudo in 1971 suggested the Volterra model for a population of identical individuals to show crowding and sensitivity to “total metabolism”: In this paper our target is studying the existence and uniqueness as well as approximating the following Caputo-Fabrizio Volterra’s model for population growth in a closed system: , , subject to the initial condition . The mechanism for approximating the solution is Homotopy Analysis Method which is a semianalytical technique to solve nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations. Furthermore, we use the same method to analyze a similar closed system by considering classical Caputo’s fractional derivative. Comparison between the results for these two factional derivatives is also included.

#### 1. Introduction

Malthus was the first economist to propose a systematic theory of population [1] where he gathered experimental data to support his thesis. He proposed the principle that human populations grow exponentially. Consequently, a nonlinear growth equation was introduced into population dynamics by Verhulst [2] to solve the unbounded growth in human population proposed by Malthus. Verhulst introduced the nonlinear term into the rate equation and reached what afterwards became nominated as the logistic equation:

Volterra’s model for population growth in a closed system includes an integral term to indicate accumulated toxicity in addition to the usual terms of the logistic equation. Scudo, in 1971, indicates that Volterra proposed his following model for a population of identical individuals which exhibits crowding and sensitivity to “total metabolism”:

If the integral term on the right is removed the famous logistic equation with birth rate and crowding coefficient appears. The last term contains the integral that indicates the “total metabolism” or total amount of toxins produced since time zero.

The individual death rate is corresponding to this integral, so the population death rate by virtue of toxicity must include a factor . The existence of the toxic term as a result of the system being closed always causes the population level to fall to zero in the long run, as will be seen shortly. The relative size of the sensitivity to toxins, denoted by , determines the manner in which the population thrives before its decay.

The tool for describing the behaviour of the equations such as logistic equation must be nonlocal differential equations in time. With this purpose, in the last decades, the Fractional Calculus (FC) allows investigating the nonlocal response of multiple phenomena [3–9]. Fractional derivatives are memory operators which usually represent dissipative effects or damage.

Some fundamental definitions in the context of FC are Erdelyi-Kober, Riesz, Riemann-Liouville, Hadamard, Graunwald-Letnikov, Weyl, Jumarie, or Caputo (see, e.g., [10–15] and references therein). The Riemann-Liouville definition brings about physically unacceptable initial conditions (fractional order initial conditions) [12]. In the Caputo concept, the initial conditions are expressed in terms of integer-order derivatives, so it has physical meaning [13]. These definitions have the disadvantage that their kernel has singularity; this kernel includes memory effects and therefore both definitions cannot precisely describe the full effect of the memory [16]. Due to this problem, Caputo and Fabrizio in [17] introduced a new definition of fractional derivative without singular kernel, the Caputo-Fabrizio (CF) fractional derivative; this derivative possesses very interesting properties which are reviewed in detail in [18]. Caputo and Fabrizio demonstrated that the new derivative involves further properties in comparison with the old version. They indicated, for instance, that it can interpret substance heterogeneities and configurations with different scales, which apparently cannot be investigated with the prominent local theories and also the old versions of fractional derivative. Another utilization is scrutinizing the macroscopic behaviours of some materials, identified with nonlocal communications between atoms. Other applications of the CF fractional derivative can be achieved, for example, in [19–21].

The main aims of this paper are studying the existence and uniqueness as well as approximating the Caputo-Fabrizio fractional population growth:subject to the initial conditionMoreover, we shall compare the results with those obtained for the same problem by considering the classical Caputo fractional derivative in (3).

The auxiliary method used here for approximating the solution is a semianalytical technique known as Homotopy Analysis Method to solve nonlinear ordinary and partial differential equations.

Next, we introduce some basic definitions and notations that shall be used in next sections.

*Definition 1 (see [22]). *For at least -times continuously differentiable function , the Caputo fractional derivative of order is defined aswhere .

By changing the kernel by the function and by , one obtains the new Caputo-Fabrizio fractional derivative of order , which has been recently introduced by Caputo and Fabrizio in [17]. More precisely, they introduced the following concept.

*Definition 2 (see [17]). *For , , . The Caputo-Fabrizio fractional derivative is defined by where is the usual Sobolev space, the set of function in such that the derivative, in the sense of distributions, is in . is a normalization constant (). For simplicity, we shall consider .

Lemma 3 (see [17]). *Let , and let us consider the following fractional differential equation:One can get*

#### 2. Existence and Uniqueness

In this section, we aim to show the existence and uniqueness of solution of the fractional Volterra population growth model (3). By Lemma 3 and using initial conditions we obtain the following result.

Theorem 4. *If , for and some , then (3) has a unique solution which is zero solution.*

*Proof. *First, we haveLetWe have to find a positive real number such thatWe obtainDue to the assumption that and are bounded, and , there exists a positive constant such that and . Thus, we getThis shows the Lipschitz condition for by taking . Regarding (9) we can getNow, we set . So we haveTaking the norm of the latter equation givesThen, by using the recursive principle it yieldswhich proves that the solution exists and is continuous. We show that defined aswhich is a solution for (3). Let . We know should tend to zero as . We can see So, the right hand side givesWe can take as a solution of (3) that is continuous. Furthermore, applying the Lipschitz condition for , we haveSoPassing to the limit when and regarding the initial condition, we obtainFor uniqueness we consider and to be two different solutions of (3); then, the Lipschitz condition for gives the following result:rearranged to beThen, ifOn the other hand, the constant function equal to zero is solution of the equation. Thus, the proof is completed.

#### 3. Homotopy Analysis Method

The Homotopy Analysis Method operates the theory of the homotopy from topology to generate a convergent series solution for nonlinear systems.

The HAM was first constructed in 1992 by Liao in his Ph.D. Thesis [23] and later altered [24] in 1999 by proposing a nonzero auxiliary parameter, as the convergence-control parameter, , to construct a homotopy on a differential system in general form [25]. The convergence-control parameter is a nonphysical variable that provides a simple way to certify convergence of a solution series. It is a series expansion method which is not directly dependent on small or large physical parameters. It also provides extreme flexibility to choose the basis functions of the desired solution and the corresponding auxiliary linear operator of the homotopy.

Now, by using HAM to approximate the solution of the model (3), in view of properties of Caputo-Fabrizio fractional integrals, we assume that can be expressed by the functions

It is essential to know that we have a great freedom to choose auxiliary parameters in HAM. From base functions denoted by (27) and the initial condition given in (4), it is convenient to chooseas the initial approximation of , as well asas the auxiliary linear operator.

Let denote a nonzero auxiliary parameter. We prepare the HAM deformation equation assubject to the initial conditionwhere is an embedding parameter and is a nonlinear operator, given byEvidently, when , the solution of (30) isWhen , (30) is the same as the original equation (3), providedThus, alters from the initial approximation to the exact solution . Expanding Taylor’s series with respect to , we havewhereFor briefness, one can define the vectorDifferentiating the HAM deformation equation (30) times with respect to , then setting , and finally dividing them by , we attain the th-order deformation equationsubject to the initial conditionwhereand .

Next, our target is to reach a recursive equation to be implemented, for example, in MATLAB, in order to provide an approximation of the solution.

From (38) we havewhich implies thatthen,Now, by Lemma 3 we haveHence, we can concludeBy definition of the Caputo-Fabrizio fractional derivative, we getNow, using integration by parts as well as the initial condition we obtainSo,

Then, we realize

Finally, we have the following equation:

As suggested by Liao [25], the appropriate region for is a horizontal line segment. We can investigate the influence of on the convergence of , by plotting the curve of it versus , as shown in Figure 1. It seems that the best choice can be in the region . We can also see the results of the 8th order analytical approximations for given by HMA for Fabrizio-Caputo differential equation in Figure 2.