We consider a generalization of the classical logistic growth model introducing more than one inflection point. The growth, called multi-sigmoidal, is firstly analyzed from a deterministic point of view in order to obtain the main properties of the curve, such as the limit behavior, the inflection points and the threshold-crossing-time through a fixed boundary. We also present an application in population dynamics of plants based on real data. Then, we define two different birth-death processes, one with linear birth and death rates and the other with quadratic rates, and we analyze their main features. The conditions under which the processes have a mean of multi-sigmoidal logistic type and the first-passage-time problem are also discussed. Finally, with the aim of obtaining a more manageable stochastic description of the growth, we perform a scaling procedure leading to a lognormal diffusion process with mean of multi-sigmoidal logistic type. We finally conduct a detailed probabilistic analysis of this process.

Applications of the multi-sigmoidal deterministic and stochastic logistic models for plant dynamics

Di Crescenzo, Antonio;Paraggio, Paola;
2021

Abstract

We consider a generalization of the classical logistic growth model introducing more than one inflection point. The growth, called multi-sigmoidal, is firstly analyzed from a deterministic point of view in order to obtain the main properties of the curve, such as the limit behavior, the inflection points and the threshold-crossing-time through a fixed boundary. We also present an application in population dynamics of plants based on real data. Then, we define two different birth-death processes, one with linear birth and death rates and the other with quadratic rates, and we analyze their main features. The conditions under which the processes have a mean of multi-sigmoidal logistic type and the first-passage-time problem are also discussed. Finally, with the aim of obtaining a more manageable stochastic description of the growth, we perform a scaling procedure leading to a lognormal diffusion process with mean of multi-sigmoidal logistic type. We finally conduct a detailed probabilistic analysis of this process.
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