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Noise in nonlinear dynamical systems.

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Journal publication date05/1990
JournalContemporary Physics
Journal number3
Volume31
Number of pages16
Pages179-194
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Noise is commonly regarded as having a destructive but relatively innocuous effect, blurring our view of a system but having no effect on the underlying processes involved. In this paper we show, using examples from stochastic nonlinear dynamics, that these intuitive ideas about noise can be very misleading. For example, an effect known as stochastic resonance means that the addition of extra noise to a system can actually improve the signal-to-noise ratio.