In this paper, we examine the stability of highly nonlinear switched stochastic systems (SSSs) with time-varying delays, where the switching time instants are deterministic rather than stochastic. Herein, the boundedness of the global solution is first proven for highly nonlinear SSSs via the average dwell time (ADT) method and multiple Lyapunov function (MLF) approach. Then, the stability criteria for *q*th moment exponential stability and almost surely exponential stability are presented. The main difficulty lies in the presence of switching and time-varying delay terms, which prevents the validation of existing methods. New inequality techniques have been developed to counteract the effects of switching signals and time-varying delays. Finally, an example is provided to verify the effectiveness of the results.

Switched systems are important dynamic systems. The idea of switching has been widely applied in various fields, such as aircraft attitude control ^{[1]}, ecological dynamics ^{[2]}, and financial markets ^{[3]}. With the increasing complexity of system architectures, dynamical analysis of switched systems has attracted significant academic interest. A switched system consists of a family of continuous-time dynamics, discrete-time dynamics, and switching rules between subsystems. According to the switching signal features, switched systems are divided into two categories, {^{[4]}, a series of results on stochastic differential equations (SDEs) with Markovian switching was obtained. In particular, the authors have provided some useful stability criteria. In ^{[5]}, the authors studied the input-to-state stability of time-varying switched systems by employing the ADT method coupled with the MLF approach. The authors of ^{[6]} investigated the stability of switched stochastic delay neural networks with all unstable subsystems based on discretized Lyapunov-Krasovskii functions (DLKFs). In ^{[7]}, a novel Lyapunov function was designed to ensure a non-weighted ^{[8]}, a hidden Markov model was proposed to study the finite region ^{[9-11]} and references therein.

The linear growth condition (LGC) is crucial for ensuring the existence of a global solution for a stochastic system. However, many stochastic systems do not satisfy LGC. Hence, the solution of a stochastic system may explode in a finite time. Recently, the stability of stochastic systems without LGC has drawn considerable attention. For instance, the authors of ^{[12]} investigated the stability and boundedness of nonlinear hybrid stochastic differential delay equations without LGC based on a Lyapunov function approach. By introducing a polynomial growth condition (PGC), ^{[13]} discussed the stabilization problem of highly nonlinear hybrid SDEs. The input-to-state practically exponential stability in the sense of mean square was introduced in ^{[14]}. Sufficient conditions for stability have been obtained. Additionally, other meaningful results were reported in ^{[15]} and ^{[16]}.

Time-delay is an important factor that affects dynamical performances of stochastic systems. By constructing a suitable Lyapunov function, the authors of ^{[12]} studied the stability and boundedness of highly nonlinear hybrid stochastic systems with a time delay. The authors of ^{[17]} used the ADT method to study the stability problem of SSSs, where the switching signals are deterministic. Based on the stability criteria for stochastic time-delay systems, the authors of ^{[18]} introduced a suitable Lyapunov-Krasovskii (L-K) functional, and discussed the global probabilistic asymptotic stability of the closed-loop system. In ^{[19]}, the Razumikhin approach was presented to study the exponential stability of a class of impulsive stochastic delay differential systems. Using the piecewise dynamic gain method, the authors of ^{[20]} studied the global uniform ultimate boundedness of switched linear time-delay systems. Motivated by the aforementioned literature, the stability of highly nonlinear SSSs with time-varying delays is studied in this paper.

Framework of the paper.

The challenges of this article lie in the following two parts: (1) The time delay studied here is merely a Borel measurable function of time

The main advantages of this paper are as follows:

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. An introduction of the model and important assumptions are given in Section 2. The existence of a unique global solution and stability analysis are presented in Sections 3. In Section 4, a simulation example is presented to validate our theoretical results. Finally, Section 5 concludes the paper.

Model descriptions and assumptions are introduced in this section. In this study, we analyzed the following highly nonlinear SSS with time-varying delays:

with the initial value:

where ^{[13]}, one of the merits of this paper is that the time delay

^{[21-25]}), the time delay

The following lemma provides a useful inequality to obtain the stability of the SSS (1) with time-varying delays, and its proof can be found in ^{[16]}.

^{[16]} Let

The conditions for the existence and uniqueness of global solution are the local Lipschitz condition (LLC) and the LGC (see, e.g., ^{[4, 7, 20, 26]}). In this paper, the highly nonlinear SSS (1) generally does not require the LGC. Consequently, we must impose the PGC on it.

^{[13, 27, 28]}). Therefore, the system (1) we studied obeys the LLC (i.e., condition (5)) and the PGC. By combining the MLF approach and ADT method, we then prove the existence and uniqueness of the global solution

Before presenting the main results, the definition of ADT is revisited.

^{[28]} For a switching signal

In this section, we prove the existence of a unique global solution for a highly nonlinear SSS (1) by using the ADT and MLF approaches. Then, both the

where

Clearly,

By Lemma 1, we have

and

Hence,

where

is a finite constant. Applying (10) and (11) from Assumption 3, we can deduce that

Recalling the condition (7), we can get

This implies

We observe that

Letting

Clearly,

where

For

Combining (18) and (19), it implies that

For

By mathematical induction, for

It follows from (8) and (21) that

Because

Similar to the proof stated in Part 1, we can derive

where

is finite. Then,

Recalling condition (7), we obtain

This implies

Letting

Using Definition 1, we have that for

where

Therefore, for all

This means that the unique solution

The proof is completed.

^{[21-25]}, the time delay

We now refer to the equation (25) in the proof of Theorem 1. The following theorem provides sufficient conditions for the

Recalling condition (7), we have

Hence, from (12), we observe that

where

^{[13, 28]}. This means that the existing results ^{[13, 28]}cannot be applied to SSS (1). By selecting a suitable form of MLF, the existence and uniqueness of the global solution are initially proven via an inequality scaling technique (i.e., Lemma 1). Subsequently, the

The following theorem demonstrates that a stronger result can be obtained under proper conditions.

^{[26]}, we obtain

From condition (6), we have

where

Similarly, we also have

From (28), it follows that

where

By the Doob martingale inequality, it follows that

From the well-known Borel-Cantelli lemma^{[4]}, it follows that for almost all

Therefore, for almost all

Then, we can obtain

which is the required assertion in (29). Thus, the proof is completed.

So far, we can conclude that under Assumptions 1-3, system (1) is not only

^{[4, 13]}.

^{[13, 16, 29-32]}. In the current study on stochastic systems with Markovian switching ^{[13, 16, 29-32]},

In this section, a numerical example is presented to validate the derived results. Consider the following highly nonlinear SSS with a time-varying delay:

where the time-varying delay

In addition, we set

and

Then, we obtain

which means that the condition (9) holds with

The exponential stability in

Exponential stability in the sample path of the system (30).

Switching signal

In this paper, the existence of a unique global solution for a highly nonlinear SSS with a deterministic switching signal is examined by using the ADT method coupled with the MLF approach. The stability criteria of ^{[7, 20, 33-36]}, two further research directions have emerged: (1) Solving the problem of stability for highly nonlinear SSSs with impulsive effects under asynchronous switching, and (2) designing a control input function to stabilize a highly nonlinear SSS with a time-varying delay.

Made substantial contributions to supervision, writing, review, editing and methodology: Wang H

Performed writing-original draft, software, validation and visualization: Sun J

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This work was jointly supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (62003170), and the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20190770).

All authors declared there are no conflicts of interest.

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