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Abstract This work concerns the nature of chaotic dynamical processes. Sheldon Newhouse wrote on dynamical processes (depending on a parameter μ)x x+1=T(x n ; μ), wherex is in the plane, such as might arise when studying Poincaré return maps for autonomous differential equations in IR3. He proved that if the system is chaotic there will very often be existing parameter values for which there are infinitely many periodic attractors coexisting in a bounded region of the plane, and that such parameter values μ would be dense in some interval. The fact that infinitely many coexisting sinks can occur brings into question the very nature of the foundations of chaotic dynamical processes. We prove, for an apparently typical situation, that Newhouse's construction yields only a set of parameter values μ of measure zero.
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