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Technical Report: UTEP-CS-22-31


Traditional analysis of dynamical systems usually assumes that the mapping is continuous -- in precise mathematical sense. However, as many formal definitions, the mathematical definition of continuity does not always adequately capture the commonsense notion of continuity: that small changes in the input should lead to small changes in the output. In this paper, we provide a natural fuzzy-based formalization of this intuitive notion, and analyze how the requirement of commonsense continuity affects the properties of dynamical systems. Specifically, we show that for such systems, the set of fixed points is closed and convex, and that the only such systems for which we can both effectively predict the future and effectively reconstruct the past are linear systems.