Other Growth Functions

The logistic growth function is no doubt far from being a perfect approximation to the growth of the Jubaea chilensis forest on Easter Island. Various extensions to the logistic growth function are possible. For example, it is quite possible that at very low values of the stock, the proportional growth rate actually tends to decline. This is referred to as ‘‘depensation’’ or the ‘‘Allee effect.’’ The logistic growth function can be augmented to allow for depensation, but that will not be pursued here. The basic logistic growth function does allow for the critical elements of biological renewable resource growth that are needed to capture at least the qualitative experience of Easter Island.

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