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Lotka–Volterra Line breaks: Lotka–Volterra
Pronunciation: /ˌlɒtkəvɒlˈtɛrə/

Definition of Lotka–Volterra in English:


Relating to a mathematical model which uses coupled differential equations to describe and predict the variation of two interacting populations, especially a predator and a prey species.
Example sentences
  • The Lotka-Volterra model is the simplest model of predator-prey interactions.
  • Unlike the Malthusian and Logistic models we have previously seen, the Lotka-Volterra model is based on differential equations.
  • The Lotka-Volterra model is composed of a pair of differential equations that describe predator-prey (or herbivore-plant, or parasitoid-host) dynamics in their simplest case (one predator population, one prey population).


1950s: from the names of Alfred J. Lotka (1880–1949), Austrian-born American statistician, and Vito Volterra (1860–1940), Italian mathematician.

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