# American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

December  2015, 20(10): 3415-3434. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2015.20.3415

## Formulas for the topological entropy of multimodal maps based on min-max symbols

 1 Universidad Miguel Hernández, Centro de Investigación Operativa, Avda. Universidad s/n, Elche (Alicante), 03202, Spain

Received  December 2014 Revised  March 2015 Published  September 2015

In this paper, a new formula for the topological entropy of a multimodal map $f$ is derived, and some basic properties are studied. By a formula we mean an analytical expression leading to a numerical algorithm; by a multimodal map we mean a continuous interval self-map which is strictly monotonic in a finite number of subintervals. The main feature of this formula is that it involves the min-max symbols of $f$, which are closely related to its kneading symbols. This way we continue our pursuit of finding expressions for the topological entropy of continuous multimodal maps based on min-max symbols. As in previous cases, which will be also reviewed, the main geometrical ingredients of the new formula are the numbers of transversal crossings of the graph of $f$ and its iterates with the so-called "critical lines". The theoretical and practical underpinnings are worked out with the family of logistic parabolas and numerical simulations.
Citation: José M. Amigó, Ángel Giménez. Formulas for the topological entropy of multimodal maps based on min-max symbols. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B, 2015, 20 (10) : 3415-3434. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2015.20.3415
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