The term butterfly effect encompasses the importance of starting factors in chaos theory. The principle is that in a dynamic system with a chaotically behaving status indicator, small changes in initial conditions can greatly change the long term operation of the system through positive feedback from random processes. According to the popular and widespread, but inaccurately quoted formulations of the principle, “ It has been said that something as small as the WING STROKE of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world”.

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