#### Abstract

The paper is concerned with the dynamics behavior of positive solutions for the following max-type fuzzy difference equation system: where is a sequence of positive fuzzy numbers, and the parameter and the initial conditions are also positive fuzzy numbers. Firstly, the fuzzy set theory is used to transform the fuzzy difference equation into the corresponding ordinary difference equations with parameters. Then, the expression for the periodic solution of the max-type ordinary difference equations is obtained by the iteration, the inequality technique, and the mathematical induction. Moreover, we can obtain the expression for the periodic solution of the max-type fuzzy difference equation. In addition, the boundedness and persistence of solutions for the fuzzy difference equation is proved. Finally, the results of this paper are simulated and verified by using MATLAB 2016 software package.

#### 1. Introduction

With the continuous development of science and technology in the fields of economy, biology, computer science, and so on, the research of nonlinear difference equations has been rapidly pushed forward, (for example, see [1–4] and the relevant reference cited therein). In the recent years, because the max operator has a great importance in automatic control models (see [5, 6]), max-type difference equations which are a special type of difference equations have aroused the concern and attention of many scholars. The present max-type difference equations have evolved into a diverse family of the equation (for example, see [7–10] and the references cited therein).

Making a historical flash back for the max-type difference equation we study in this paper, we should mention that, in 2002, Voulov [11] studied positive solutions of the following equation:where are any positive real numbers, are any positive integers, and the initial values , with , are any positive numbers. This paper proved that every positive solution is eventually periodic with period if either or and , with period if either or and , and with period if and neither nor . In 1998, Amleh et al. [12] showed that every well-defined positive solution of equation (1) is eventually periodic with period two, three, or four, when , and . In 2002, Mishev et al. [13] investigated, also, that every solution of equation (1) is eventually periodic, when .

Recently, a number of scholars have made further research about equation (1). In 2010, Gelisken et al. [14] studied the following max-type difference equation:where are positive integers, , and . They proved that every positive solution converges to . In 2006, Yang et al. [15] proved that every positive solution of equation (2) converges to or, eventually, periodic with period 4, when and . In 2008, Sun [16] showed that every positive solution of equation (2) converges to , when . In 2009, Gelisken [17] proved that every positive solution of equation (2) converges to or, eventually, periodic with period 2, when , and . In addition, in 1999, Szalkai [18] studied the periodicity of solutions of the following difference equation:where is a positive integer, is a real constant, and are real numbers. He proved that every positive solution of (3) is eventually periodic of period . In 2007, Bidwell and Franke [19] extended the form of equation (3) and considered the following difference equation:where , for all , is a nonnegative periodic sequence with period , and initial conditions are positive numbers. They have showed that if every solution of (4) is bounded, then every solution is eventually periodic. In 2013, Cranston and Kent [20] extended some results obtained by Bidwell in equation (4), and they give both sufficient conditions on the for the boundedness of all solutions and sufficient conditions for all solutions to be unbounded.

It is easy to see that the abovementioned equations are the same type difference equation. Now let us look at another type of equation. In 2012, Qin et al. [21] studied the following max-type difference equation:where is a positive integer, is a real constant, and the initial conditions are real numbers. They show every well-defined solution of this equation is eventually periodic with period . In 2009, Elsayed and Stević [22] considered equation (5), when , and they showed that every well-defined solution of equation (5) is eventually periodic with period 3. In 2010, Iričanin and Elsayed [23] investigated equation (5), when , and proved that every well-defined solution is eventually periodic with period 4. Recently, Xiao and Shi [24] studied equation (5), when , and the result that every well-defined solution is eventually periodic with period 2 is obtained. Because of the necessity for some techniques, in 2014, Sun et al. [25] considered the following max-type equation that extends the form of equation (5):where is a periodic sequence with period and with and and the initial conditions are real numbers with . They showed that if (or and is odd), then every well-defined solution of this equation is eventually periodic with period . So far, there are more studies on this kind of difference equations (for example, see [26–30] and the relevant reference cited therein).

With the development of the theory of difference equations, it is found that the given information needed to describe many practical problems in a difference equation model is incomplete. One of the effective procedures for considering uncertainty and imprecise real phenomena is the fuzzification of the corresponding difference equation systems. A numbers of studies have been made on the fuzzy difference equations so far, (for example, see [31–41] and the relevant reference cited therein). In recent decades, the max-type fuzzy difference equations have been attracting great increasing attention. In 2004, Stefanidou and Papaschinopoulos [42] extended equation (3) from real number to fuzzy number, where is a positive fuzzy number and the initial conditions are positive fuzzy numbers, and they gave a condition so that the solution is eventually periodic, unbounded, and nonpersistent and considered and studied the corresponding fuzzy difference equation (9) in [42] when , i.e.,where are positive fuzzy numbers and the initial values are any positive fuzzy numbers, and they proved the positive fuzzy solutions of equation (7) is eventually periodic, unbounded, and nonpersistent.

In 2006, Stefanidou and Papaschinopoulos [43], to further extend the difference equation (7), considered the periodic nature of the positive solutions of the following fuzzy difference equation:where are positive fuzzy numbers and the initial values are any positive fuzzy numbers. Some latest related research can be found in [44–49].

The fuzzy difference equation we study in this paper is motivated by the abovementioned ordinary difference equation and corresponding fuzzy difference equation. More precisely, we consider the fuzzy difference equation of the following form:where are positive fuzzy numbers and the initial values are any positive fuzzy numbers. This paper aims to study the periodicity of the positive solutions of (9) by using a new iteration method for the more general nonlinear difference equations and inequality skills, as well as the mathematical induction.

#### 2. Preliminaries and Notations

In order to facilitate the description of this paper, we need the following definitions.

*Definition 1. *For a set , we denote by , the closure of . We say that a function is a fuzzy number if the following conditions hold:(i) is normal, i.e., there exists such that (ii) is a fuzzy convex, i.e., (iii) is upper semicontinuous on (iv) is compactly supported, i.e., is compactFor , the of on is defined as . It is clear that the is a bounded closed interval in , and we say that a fuzzy number is positive if .

It is obvious that if is a positive real number, then is a positive fuzzy number and . At this time, we say that is a trivial fuzzy number.

*Definition 2. *([32]). The fuzzy analog of the boundedness and persistence is as follows:(i)A sequence of positive fuzzy numbers persists (resp. is bounded) if there exists a positive real numbers (resp.) such that (ii)A sequence of positive fuzzy numbers is bounded and persists if there exist positive real numbers such that

#### 3. Main Results

Firstly, we will prove a simple auxiliary result which will be used many times in the rest of the paper.

Lemma 1. *Assume that is a solution of equation (9), and there is such that**Then, this solution is eventually periodic with period three.*

*Proof. *If the following equalities (11) are true, then (10) is true. Now, we need prove thatfor every , from which the lemma follows.

We use the method of induction. For , (11) becomes (10). Assume that (11) holds for . From this and by using (9) and (10), as well as an iterative method, one can obtainThe proof is completed.

Next, we will study the existence and uniqueness of the positive solutions of equation (9).

Theorem 1. *Consider equation (9), and suppose that is a positive fuzzy number; then, for every positive fuzzy numbers , there exists a unique positive solution of (9) with initial values .*

*Proof. *The proof is similar to Proposition 3.1 [42], so we omit the proof of Theorem 1.

Now, we study the periodicity of the positive solutions of (9) when is a trivial fuzzy number. We need the following lemma.

Lemma 2. *Consider the system of difference equations,where is positive real constant and the initial values , are positive real numbers, and then, every positive solution of (13) is eventually periodic with period three.*

*Proof. *Let be a positive solution of (12); we can obtain thatand thus, and . It is easy to see that are positive real constants, and then ; therefore,From equation (13), if , then, we haveand thus, we haveFrom (17), we have the following equations, when :Hence,We can find that the solution of equation (13) has the following form:The proof is completed.

Theorem 2. *Consider equation (9) where is a trivial fuzzy number and the initial values are positive fuzzy numbers. Then, every positive solution of (9) is eventually periodic with period three.*

*Proof. *Let be a positive solution of (9) with initial values , from ; thus, we haveand is a trivial fuzzy number; thus,From Theorem 1, satisfies system as follows:Using Lemma 2, we have thatTherefore, we have that is eventually periodic of period three. The proof of Theorem 2 is completed.

In the following, we study the periodicity of the positive solutions of (9) when is a nontrivial fuzzy number. We need the following lemma.

Lemma 3. *Consider the system of difference equations,where are positive real constants and , the initial values are positive real numbers, and then, every positive solution of (25) is eventually periodic with period three.*

*Proof. *Let be a positive solution of (25), and we can obtain thatand thus, . It is easy to see that are positive real constants, and then, ; therefore,From equation (25), if , then we haveand thus, we haveFrom (29), if , we haveHence,Now, we consider the period nature of . There are three big cases to be considered.

() Assume that and , and then, . () Assume that and , and then, . () Assume that , and then, Thus, we haveHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then ; thus, we haveHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and , and then, . Thus, we have (27) hold. () Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (32), andHence, , From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , then ; thus, we find that are the same with (34), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and and then, . Thus, we have (27) hold. () Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (32), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (34), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and , and then, . () Assume that and , and then, . Thus, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (32), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (34), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and , and then, . Thus, we have (44) hold. () Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (32), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (34), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and and then, . Thus, we have (44) hold. () Assume that , and then, ; thus, we can find that are the same with (32), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (34), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and and then, . () Assume that and , and then, . Thus, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (32), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (34), andHence, , From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that and , and then, . Thus, we have (57) hold. () Assume that , and then, ; thus, we find that are the same with (32), andHence, . From this and by Lemma 1, from the induction and iterative method, we have() Assume that , and then,