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# Lyapunov functions and attractors under variable time-step discretization

• A one-step numerical scheme with variable time--steps is applied to an autonomous differential equation with a uniformly asymptotically stable set, which is compact but otherwise of arbitrary geometric shape. A Lyapunov function characterizing this set is used to show that the resulting nonautonomous difference equation generated by the numerical scheme has an absorbing set. The existence of a cocycle attractor consisting of a family of equivariant sets for the associated discrete time cocycle is then established and shown to be close in the Hausdorff separation to the original stable set for sufficiently small maximal time-steps.
Mathematics Subject Classification: 34C35, 65L05.

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