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at·trac·tor

 (ə-trăk′tər)
n.
1. also attracter One that attracts: flowers that are excellent attractors of bees.
2. Mathematics A value or set of values toward which variables in a dynamical system tend to evolve.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attractor - an entertainer who attracts large audiencesattractor - an entertainer who attracts large audiences; "he was the biggest drawing card they had"
entertainer - a person who tries to please or amuse
2.attractor - (physics) a point in the ideal multidimensional phase space that is used to describe a system toward which the system tends to evolve regardless of the starting conditions of the system
point - a geometric element that has position but no extension; "a point is defined by its coordinates"
chaotic attractor, strange attractor - an attractor for which the approach to its final point in phase space is chaotic
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
3.attractor - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attractsattractor - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees"
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
attention - a general interest that leads people to want to know more; "She was the center of attention"
tourist attraction - a characteristic that attracts tourists
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In the nomenclature of complexity theory, this cloud is called the attractor basin, and the stable states are attractors within that basin.
An attractor basin is an area where the attractor can execute its magnetic function attracting any performance level.
Each node (attractor basin) of the tree is either a leaf indicating a class; or a decision (intermediate) node which specifies a test on a single FMACA.
Here, the SeCo (the attractor basin) retrojects its meaning back to the subject from some point in the subject's future; it is thus appropriate to refer to this dynamic as instantiating a retroactive influence.
Giedion's notion of the 'ruling taste' is usually pulled towards this attractor basin.