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The twoparameter PoissonDirichlet distribution derived from a stable subordinator.
, 1995
"... The twoparameter PoissonDirichlet distribution, denoted pd(ff; `), is a distribution on the set of decreasing positive sequences with sum 1. The usual PoissonDirichlet distribution with a single parameter `, introduced by Kingman, is pd(0; `). Known properties of pd(0; `), including the Markov ..."
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The twoparameter PoissonDirichlet distribution, denoted pd(ff; `), is a distribution on the set of decreasing positive sequences with sum 1. The usual PoissonDirichlet distribution with a single parameter `, introduced by Kingman, is pd(0; `). Known properties of pd(0; `), including the Markov chain description due to VershikShmidtIgnatov, are generalized to the twoparameter case. The sizebiased random permutation of pd(ff; `) is a simple residual allocation model proposed by Engen in the context of species diversity, and rediscovered by Perman and the authors in the study of excursions of Brownian motion and Bessel processes. For 0 ! ff ! 1, pd(ff; 0) is the asymptotic distribution of ranked lengths of excursions of a Markov chain away from a state whose recurrence time distribution is in the domain of attraction of a stable law of index ff. Formulae in this case trace back to work of Darling, Lamperti and Wendel in the 1950's and 60's. The distribution of ranked lengths of e...
Boltzmann Samplers For The Random Generation Of Combinatorial Structures
 Combinatorics, Probability and Computing
, 2004
"... This article proposes a surprisingly simple framework for the random generation of combinatorial configurations based on what we call Boltzmann models. The idea is to perform random generation of possibly complex structured objects by placing an appropriate measure spread over the whole of a combina ..."
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This article proposes a surprisingly simple framework for the random generation of combinatorial configurations based on what we call Boltzmann models. The idea is to perform random generation of possibly complex structured objects by placing an appropriate measure spread over the whole of a combinatorial class  an object receives a probability essentially proportional to an exponential of its size. As demonstrated here, the resulting algorithms based on realarithmetic operations often operate in linear time. They can be implemented easily, be analysed mathematically with great precision, and, when suitably tuned, tend to be very efficient in practice.
Random Mapping Statistics
 IN ADVANCES IN CRYPTOLOGY
, 1990
"... Random mappings from a finite set into itself are either a heuristic or an exact model for a variety of applications in random number generation, computational number theory, cryptography, and the analysis of algorithms at large. This paper introduces a general framework in which the analysis of ..."
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Random mappings from a finite set into itself are either a heuristic or an exact model for a variety of applications in random number generation, computational number theory, cryptography, and the analysis of algorithms at large. This paper introduces a general framework in which the analysis of about twenty characteristic parameters of random mappings is carried out: These parameters are studied systematically through the use of generating functions and singularity analysis. In particular, an open problem of Knuth is solved, namely that of finding the expected diameter of a random mapping. The same approach is applicable to a larger class of discrete combinatorial models and possibilities of automated analysis using symbolic manipulation systems ("computer algebra") are also briefly discussed.
Arcsine laws and interval partitions derived from a stable subordinator
 Proc. London Math. Soc
, 1992
"... Le"vy discovered that the fraction of time a standard onedimensional Brownian motion B spends positive before time t has arcsine distribution, both for / a fixed time when B, #0 almost surely, and for / an inverse local time, when B, = 0 almost surely. This identity in distribution is extende ..."
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Le"vy discovered that the fraction of time a standard onedimensional Brownian motion B spends positive before time t has arcsine distribution, both for / a fixed time when B, #0 almost surely, and for / an inverse local time, when B, = 0 almost surely. This identity in distribution is extended from the fraction of time spent positive to a large collection of functionals derived from the lengths and signs of excursions of B away from 0. Similar identities in distribution are associated with any process whose zero set is the range of a stable subordinator, for instance a Bessel process of dimension d for 1.
Independent process approximations for random combinatorial structures
 Advances in mathematics
"... Many random combinatorial objects have a component structure whose joint distribution is equal to that of a process of mutually independent random variables, conditioned on the value of a weighted sum of the variables. It is interesting to compare the combinatorial structure directly to the independ ..."
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Many random combinatorial objects have a component structure whose joint distribution is equal to that of a process of mutually independent random variables, conditioned on the value of a weighted sum of the variables. It is interesting to compare the combinatorial structure directly to the independent discrete process, without renormalizing. The quality of approximation can often be conveniently quantified in terms of total variation distance, for functionals which observe part, but not all, of the combinatorial and independent processes. Among the examples are combinatorial assemblies (e.g., permutations, random mapping functions, and partitions of a set), multisets (e.g, polynomials over a finite field, mapping patterns and partitions of an integer), and selections (e.g., partitions of an integer into distinct parts, and squarefree polynomials over finite fields). We consider issues common to all the above examples, including equalities and upper bounds for total variation distances, existence of limiting processes, heuristics for good approximations, the relation to standard generating functions, moment formulas and recursions for computing densities, refinement to the process which counts the number of parts of each possible type, the effect of further conditioning on events of moderate probability, large deviation theory and nonuniform measures on combinatorial objects, and the possibility of getting useful results by overpowering the conditioning. 0 1994 Amdcmic Pres, Inc. Contents. 1. Introduction. 1.1.
Phase transition for parking blocks, Brownian excursion and coalescence
, 2005
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Random matrix theory over finite fields
 Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S
"... Abstract. The first part of this paper surveys generating functions methods in the study of random matrices over finite fields, explaining how they arose from theoretical need. Then we describe a probabilistic picture of conjugacy classes of the finite classical groups. Connections are made with sym ..."
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Abstract. The first part of this paper surveys generating functions methods in the study of random matrices over finite fields, explaining how they arose from theoretical need. Then we describe a probabilistic picture of conjugacy classes of the finite classical groups. Connections are made with symmetric function theory, Markov chains, RogersRamanujan type identities, potential theory, and various measures on partitions.
Cycle Indices for the Finite Classical Groups
 J. Group Theory
, 1997
"... This paper defines and develops cycle indices for the finite classical groups. These tools are then applied to study properties of a random matrix chosen uniformly from one of these groups. Properties studied by this technique will include semisimplicity, regularity, regular semisimplicity, the c ..."
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This paper defines and develops cycle indices for the finite classical groups. These tools are then applied to study properties of a random matrix chosen uniformly from one of these groups. Properties studied by this technique will include semisimplicity, regularity, regular semisimplicity, the characteristic polynomial, number of Jordan blocks, and average order of a matrix.
Quickselect and Dickman function
 Combinatorics, Probability and Computing
, 2000
"... We show that the limiting distribution of the number of comparisons used by Hoare's quickselect algorithm when given a random permutation of n elements for finding the mth smallest element, where m = o(n), is the Dickman function. The limiting distribution of the number of exchanges is also de ..."
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We show that the limiting distribution of the number of comparisons used by Hoare's quickselect algorithm when given a random permutation of n elements for finding the mth smallest element, where m = o(n), is the Dickman function. The limiting distribution of the number of exchanges is also derived. 1 Quickselect Quickselect is one of the simplest and e#cient algorithms in practice for finding specified order statistics in a given sequence. It was invented by Hoare [19] and uses the usual partitioning procedure of quicksort: choose first a partitioning key, say x; regroup the given sequence into two parts corresponding to elements whose values are less than and larger than x, respectively; then decide, according to the size of the smaller subgroup, which part to continue recursively or to stop if x is the desired order statistics; see Figure 1 for an illustration in terms of binary search trees. For more details, see Guibas [15] and Mahmoud [26]. This algorithm , although ine#cient in the worst case, has linear mean when given a sequence of n independent and identically distributed continuous random variables, or equivalently, when given a random permutation of n elements, where, here and throughout this paper, all n! permutations are equally likely. Let C n,m denote the number of comparisons used by quickselect for finding the mth smallest element in a random permutation, where the first partitioning stage uses n 1 comparisons. Knuth [23] was the first to show, by some di#erencing argument, that E(C n,m ) = 2 (n + 3 + (n + 1)H n (m + 2)Hm (n + 3 m)H n+1m ) , n, where Hm = 1#k#m k 1 . A more transparent asymptotic approximation is E(C n,m ) (#), (#) := 2 #), # Part of the work of this author was done while he was visiting School of C...