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Logistic Growth

Last updated: February 12, 2017

What Does Logistic Growth Mean?

Logistic growth is population increase that happens in a manner that starts slowly, as there are few individuals, then increases in speed as numbers increase, but then decreases to a halt as numbers get high enough that resources are depleted and cannot support further growth. Logistic growth is represented in graph form as an S-shaped curve (S curve).

Safeopedia Explains Logistic Growth

Most physical or social growth patterns follow the typical and common pattern of logistic growth that can be plotted in an S-shaped curve. This includes industrial growth, diffusion of rumour through a population, spread of resources etc. y = k/(1 - ea+bx), with b < 0 is the formulaic representation of the s-shaped curve. This curve can and exponential models can help to solve ecology problems, such as predicting a population's increase.


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