## Abstract

A linear dynamical system is called positive if its flow maps the non-negative orthant to itself. More precisely, it maps the set of vectors with zero sign variations to itself. A linear dynamical system is called k -positive if its flow maps the set of vectors with up to k-1 sign variations to itself. A nonlinear dynamical system is called k -cooperative if its variational system, which is a time-varying linear dynamical system, is k -positive. These systems have special asymptotic properties. For example, it was recently shown that strong 2-cooperative systems satisfy a strong Poincaré-Bendixson property. Positivity and k -positivity are easy to verify in terms of the sign-pattern of the matrix in the dynamics. However, these sign conditions are not invariant under a coordinate transformation. A natural question is to determine if a given n -dimensional system is k -positive up to a coordinate transformation. We study this problem for two special kinds of transformations: permutations and scaling by a signature matrix. For any ngeq 4 and kin {2, {dots }, n-2} , we provide a graph-theoretic necessary and sufficient condition for k -positivity up to such coordinate transformations. We describe an application of our results to a specific class of Lotka-Volterra systems.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 9107214 |

Pages (from-to) | 73-78 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | IEEE Control Systems Letters |

Volume | 5 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 2021 |

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## Keywords

- Positive systems
- graph theory
- invariant sets
- k-cooperative systems