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basin of attraction

Within the phase space of a system, a basin of attraction (with respect to a given attractor) describes all the possible values for the system variables that will cause the system to tend toward a given attractor. This is similar to the way that all the surface water in a drainage basin will flow toward the point of lowest elevation. See also attractor.

Dynamical Systems, Statistical Physics, Nonlinear Dynamics, Physics