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A new heart rate variability (HRV) analysis method, quantifying the variation of nonlinear dynamic pattern (VNDP) in heart rate series, is proposed and validated against the age stratified Fantasia database. The method is based on three processes: 1) a recurrence quantification analysis (RQA) to quantify the dynamic patterns, 2) the use of mutual information (MI) and the entropy (EN) to characterize the VNDP, and 3) linear discriminant analysis to exploit the associations within MI and EN measures. Practically, the VNDP method overcomes the nonstationarity problem and exploits the nonstationary properties in HRV analyses. Physiologically, the VNDP reflects the properties of the fundamental short-term HRV dynamic system and the external associations of the system within the autonomous nervous system (ANS). The characteristic probability density peaks portrayed by VNDP plots indicate the quantum-like heart dynamics, which may provide valuable insights into the control of the ANS. The discrimination results of the reduced pattern dynamic range due to aging, from a new perspective, display the reduction in HRV. The significantly improved discriminatory power, compared to conventional RQA analyses, shows that the VNDP analysis can practically quantify the nonstationary nonlinear dynamics for ANS assessments.