The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 164, Issue 1, pp 3-12

First online:

A historical review of recurrence plots

  • N. MarwanAffiliated withInterdisciplinary Centre for Dynamics of Complex Systems, University of PotsdamPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) Email author 

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In the last two decades recurrence plots (RPs)were introduced in many different scientific disciplines. It turned out how powerful this method is. After introducing approaches of quantification of RPs and by the study of relationships between RPs and fundamental properties of dynamical systems, this method attracted even more attention. After 20 years of RPs it is time to summarise this development in a historical context.