## strange attractor

in the mathematics of chaos (), a set of values that tends to reoccur periodically, as the data describing the particular climate of a certain region: often represented by a butterfly-shaped graph

## strange attractor

noun

*Physics*

An attractor exhibited by some dynamic systems for which the approach to the attractor is chaotic.

## strange attractor

Noun

(*plural* strange attractors)

- (mathematics) An attractor that has non-integer dimension or whose dynamics on it are chaotic.

Origin

The term was coined by David Ruelle and Floris Takens.