Mathematics Subject Classification (1991): 65L05, 65L70, 58F15, 58F12
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Summary. Each invariant set of a given dynamical system is part of the global attractor. Therefore the global attractor contains all the potentially interesting dynamics, and, in particular, it contains every (global) unstable manifold. For this reason it is of interest to have an algorithm which allows to approximate the global attractor numerically. In this article we develop such an algorithm using a subdivision technique. We prove convergence of this method in a very general setting, and, moreover, we describe the qualitative convergence behavior in the presence of a hyperbolic structure. The algorithm can successfully be applied to dynamical systems of moderate dimension, and we illustrate this fact by several numerical examples.
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