Discrete Time Branching Processes in Random Environment

Volume 1 – Branching Processes, Branching Random Walks and Branching Particle Fields SET Coordinated by Elena Yarovaya

Discrete Time Branching Processes in Random Environment

Götz Kersting, Goethe University, Germany
Vladimir Vatutin, Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russia

ISBN : 9781786302526

Publication Date : October 2017

Hardcover 306 pp

135.00 USD



Branching processes are stochastic processes which represent the reproduction of particles, such as individuals within a population, and thereby model demographic stochasticity. In branching processes in random environment (BPREs), additional environmental stochasticity is incorporated, meaning that the conditions of reproduction may vary in a random fashion from one generation to the next.

The fundamental questions conform to those dealt with in general branching processes, such as supercritical, critical and subcritical behavior, the asymptotic size of the population’s extinction probability and so on. Yet compared to other branching processes BPREs exhibit unique features, since their properties are mainly determined by the environmental randomness. This goes along with rather different methods of investigation resting largely on asymptotic results from the theory of random walks.

This book offers an introduction to the basics of BPREs and then presents the cases of critical and subcritical processes in detail, the latter dividing into weakly, intermediate, and strongly subcritical regimes.


1. Branching Processes in Varying Environment.
2. Branching Processes in Random Environment.
3. Large Deviations for BPREs.
4. Properties of Random Walks.
5. Critical BPREs: the Annealed Approach.
6. Critical BPREs: the Quenched Approach.
7. Weakly Subcritical BPREs.
8. Intermediate Subcritical BPREs.
9. Strongly Subcritical BPREs.
10. Multi-type BPREs

About the authors

Götz Kersting is Professor at the Institute of Mathematics of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Vladimir Vatutin is a leading researcher at Steklov Mathematical Institute in Moscow, Russia.

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