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expansive adj
1 able or tending to expand or characterized by expansion; "Expansive materials"; "the expansive force of fire" [ant: unexpansive]
2 impressive in scale; "an expansive lifestyle"; "in the grand manner" [syn: grand]
3 marked by exaggerated feelings of euphoria and delusions of grandeur
4 friendly and open and willing to talk; "wine made the guest expansive" [syn: talkative]

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  1. Able to be expanded.
  2. Comprehensive in scope or extent.
  3. Talkative and sociable.

Extensive Definition

In mathematics, the notion of expansivity formalizes the notion of points moving away from one-another under the action of an iterated function. The idea of expansivity is fairly rigid, as the definition of positive expansivity, below, as well as the Schwarz-Ahlfors-Pick theorem demonstrate.


If (X,d) is a metric space, a homeomorphism f\colon X\to X is said to be expansive if there is a constant
called the expansivity constant, such that for any two points of X, their n-th iterates are at least \varepsilon_0 apart for some integer n; i.e. if for any pair of points x\neq y in X there is n\in\mathbb such that
Note that in this definition, n can be positive or negative, and so f may be expansive in the forward or backward directions.
The space X is often assumed to be compact, since under that assumption expansivity is a topological property; i.e. if d' is any other metric generating the same topology as d, and if f is expansive in (X,d), then f is expansive in (X,d') (possibly with a different expansivity constant).
f\colon X\to X
is a continuous map, we say that X is positively expansive (or forward expansive) if there is a
such that, for any x\neq y in X, there is an n\in\mathbb such that d(f^n(x),f^n(y))\geq \varepsilon_0.

Theorem of uniform expansivity

Given f an expansive homeomorphism, the theorem of uniform expansivity states that for every \epsilon>0 and \delta>0 there is an N>0 such that for each pair x,y of points of X such that d(x,y)>\epsilon, there is an n\in \mathbb with \vert n\vert\leq N such that
d(f^n(x),f^n(y)) > c-\delta,
where c is the expansivity constant of f (proof).


Positive expansivity is much stronger than expansivity. In fact, one can prove that if X is compact and f is a positively expansive homeomorphism, then X is finite (proof).

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