# Eigenvalues with a leslie population model

• missbooty87
In summary: Leslie population model. Please let me know if you have any further questions or if anything is unclear. Best of luck with your studies!In summary, the Leslie population model is a useful tool for studying population dynamics. The model involves a matrix A with a strictly dominant eigenvalue \lambda_1, which determines the long-term behavior of the population. Age class evolution is given by x^{(k)} = Ax^{(k-1)}, and the population distribution in the k-th generation can be found using the formula x^{(k)} = \lambda_1 ^k a_1x_1 + \lambda_2 ^k a_2x_2 + ... + \lambda_n ^k a_nx_n.
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## Homework Statement

In the Leslie population model, suppose matrix A has a strictly dominant eigenvalue $$\lambda_1$$. Age class evolution is given by: $$x^{(k)} = Ax^{(k-1)}$$; initial population is x^{(0)}.

(i) Initially, let $$x^{(0)}$$ be the linear combination $$a_1x_1 + a_2x_2 + ... + a_nx_n$$, of A's linearly independent eigenvectors, with each constant $$a_i \neq 0$$. Find two expressions for the population distribution $$x^{(1)}$$after one generation; one using products involving matrix A, the other in terms of A's eigenvalues. Then, repeat this process to find the population distribution in the k-th generation.

(ii) Repeat (i) to find the population distribution $$x^{(k)}$$

(iii) Use (ii) to find the consequence of $$\lambda_1$$ , being the strictly dominant
eigenvalue. For suitably large values of k , what can be said of the
relative sizes of the terms in the expression found in ii. Hint:Consider the limit $$lim_k\rightarrow\infty (\frac{x^{(k)}}{\lambda_1 ^{k}})$$.

(iv) Explain why the population approaches a stable population division into its classes as k gets large, with stable population growth rate of $$\lambda_1$$.

(v) If A has no strictly dominant eigenvalue, how will the conclusions differ?

## Homework Equations

diagonalization of matrices

## The Attempt at a Solution

(i) $$x^{(1)} = L^{-1} D L x^{(0)}$$
$$x^{(1)} = \lambda_n a_nx_n$$

(ii) $$x^{(k)} = \lambda_n ^{(k)} a_nx_n$$

(iii) >>> I'm stuck on this question

(iv) as the $$x^k$$ the population age classes becomes stable, due to k getting bigger, $$\lambda_1$$ will become the more significant eigen value, therefore population growth rate approaches $$\lambda_1$$, which leads to a stable population division which is proportional to its eigenvector.

(v) >>> I'm stuck on this question

I'm not confident about any of my answers, I'd appreciate if you would also comment on my answers as well as giving tips on the questions I'm not sure of. Thank you ever so much

Thank you for your post. I am a scientist who specializes in population modeling and I would be happy to help you with your questions.

(i) Your first expression for x^{(1)} is correct, but your second expression is not quite accurate. It should be x^{(1)} = \lambda_1 a_1x_1 + \lambda_2 a_2x_2 + ... + \lambda_n a_nx_n. To find the population distribution in the k-th generation, you can use the same formula but with k powers of the eigenvalues: x^{(k)} = \lambda_1 ^k a_1x_1 + \lambda_2 ^k a_2x_2 + ... + \lambda_n ^k a_nx_n.

(iii) To answer this question, let's consider the limit lim_k\rightarrow\infty (\frac{x^{(k)}}{\lambda_1 ^{k}}). As k approaches infinity, the powers of the eigenvalues \lambda_2, \lambda_3, ..., \lambda_n will approach 0, while \lambda_1 ^k will approach infinity. This means that the terms involving \lambda_2, \lambda_3, ..., \lambda_n will become negligible compared to the term involving \lambda_1 ^k. Therefore, the relative sizes of the terms in the expression found in (ii) will approach 1 for the term involving \lambda_1 ^k and 0 for all other terms. This means that the population distribution will be dominated by the term involving \lambda_1 ^k, which is the eigenvalue with the largest magnitude. This is why the strictly dominant eigenvalue is important - it determines the long-term behavior of the population distribution.

(iv) Your answer is correct. As k gets larger, the population will approach a stable division into its age classes, with a stable growth rate of \lambda_1.

(v) If A has no strictly dominant eigenvalue, then the population will not approach a stable division into its age classes. Instead, the population distribution will oscillate between different values, depending on the initial conditions. This is because without a strictly dominant eigenvalue, there is no single dominant term in the population distribution formula (ii) that will dominate the others in the long term.

I hope this helps clarify your understanding

## 1. What is a Leslie population model?

A Leslie population model is a mathematical model used to predict the growth or decline of a population over time. It is based on the concept of age-structured population, where individuals are divided into age classes and their reproductive and survival rates are taken into account.

## 2. What are eigenvalues in the context of a Leslie population model?

Eigenvalues in a Leslie population model represent the growth rate of the population. They are calculated from the Leslie matrix, which describes the relationship between the different age classes and their reproductive rates. A positive eigenvalue indicates population growth, while a negative eigenvalue indicates population decline.

## 3. How are eigenvalues used in a Leslie population model?

Eigenvalues are used to predict the long-term behavior of a population. By calculating the eigenvalues of the Leslie matrix, we can determine whether the population will grow or decline over time. They are also used to study the effects of different factors, such as environmental changes or management strategies, on the population dynamics.

## 4. What is the relationship between eigenvalues and population stability?

The stability of a population is closely related to the eigenvalues of the Leslie matrix. If the dominant eigenvalue is less than 1, the population will eventually become extinct. If the dominant eigenvalue is greater than 1, the population will grow indefinitely. A dominant eigenvalue of exactly 1 indicates a stable population size.

## 5. Can eigenvalues change over time in a Leslie population model?

Yes, eigenvalues can change over time in a Leslie population model. This can happen if the reproductive and survival rates of the different age classes change, or if there are external factors affecting the population dynamics. Therefore, it is important to regularly update and adjust the Leslie matrix to accurately predict the growth or decline of a population.

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