# Complex Views of Logistic Maps

Complex Views of Logistic Maps

This plot shows the unstable (orange) and stable (blue) roots of the twice-iterated cubic logistic map as functions of . This is a polynomial of degree nine and has nine complex roots. For small values of λ there is one real and stable root. As you increase λ this root becomes unstable and two complex roots simultaneously coincide and become real and stable. They then move apart and branch again. This is the complex-variable explanation of bifurcation.

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