One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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).’
- ‘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.’
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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