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Deterministic and Stochastic Models for Coalescence (Aggregation, Coagulation): a Review of the MeanField Theory for Probabilists
 Bernoulli
, 1997
"... Consider N particles, which merge into clusters according to the rule: a cluster of size x and a cluster of size y merge at (stochastic) rate K(x; y)=N , where K is a specified rate kernel. This MarcusLushnikov model of stochastic coalescence, and the underlying deterministic approximation given by ..."
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Consider N particles, which merge into clusters according to the rule: a cluster of size x and a cluster of size y merge at (stochastic) rate K(x; y)=N , where K is a specified rate kernel. This MarcusLushnikov model of stochastic coalescence, and the underlying deterministic approximation given by the Smoluchowski coagulation equations, have an extensive scientific literature. Some mathematical literature (Kingman's coalescent in population genetics; component sizes in random graphs) implicitly studies the special cases K(x; y) = 1 and K(x; y) = xy. We attempt a wideranging survey. General kernels are only now starting to be studied rigorously, so many interesting open problems appear. Keywords. branching process, coalescence, continuum tree, densitydependent Markov process, gelation, random graph, random tree, Smoluchowski coagulation equation Research supported by N.S.F. Grant DMS9622859 1 Introduction Models, implicitly or explicitly stochastic, of coalescence (= coagulati...
Brownian Excursions, Critical Random Graphs and the Multiplicative Coalescent
, 1996
"... Let (B t (s); 0 s ! 1) be reflecting inhomogeneous Brownian motion with drift t \Gamma s at time s, started with B t (0) = 0. Consider the random graph G(n; n \Gamma1 +tn \Gamma4=3 ), whose largest components have size of order n 2=3 . Normalizing by n \Gamma2=3 , the asymptotic joint d ..."
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Let (B t (s); 0 s ! 1) be reflecting inhomogeneous Brownian motion with drift t \Gamma s at time s, started with B t (0) = 0. Consider the random graph G(n; n \Gamma1 +tn \Gamma4=3 ), whose largest components have size of order n 2=3 . Normalizing by n \Gamma2=3 , the asymptotic joint distribution of component sizes is the same as the joint distribution of excursion lengths of B t (Corollary 2). The dynamics of merging of components as t increases are abstracted to define the multiplicative coalescent process. The states of this process are vectors x of nonnegative real cluster sizes (x i ), and clusters with sizes x i and x j merge at rate x i x j . The multiplicative coalescent is shown to be a Feller process on l 2 . The random graph limit specifies the standard multiplicative coalescent, which starts from infinitesimally small clusters at time \Gamma1: the existence of such a process is not obvious. AMS 1991 subject classifications. 60C05, 60J50, Key words and phras...
Random trees, Lévy processes and spatial branching processes
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"... 0.1 Discrete trees................................ 5 0.2 GaltonWatson trees............................ 7 0.3 The continuous height process....................... 9 0.4 From discrete to continuous trees..................... 12 ..."
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0.1 Discrete trees................................ 5 0.2 GaltonWatson trees............................ 7 0.3 The continuous height process....................... 9 0.4 From discrete to continuous trees..................... 12
The Standard Additive Coalescent
, 1997
"... Regard an element of the set \Delta := f(x 1 ; x 2 ; : : :) : x 1 x 2 : : : 0; X i x i = 1g as a fragmentation of unit mass into clusters of masses x i . The additive coalescent of Evans and Pitman (1997) is the \Deltavalued Markov process in which pairs of clusters of masses fx i ; x j g mer ..."
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Regard an element of the set \Delta := f(x 1 ; x 2 ; : : :) : x 1 x 2 : : : 0; X i x i = 1g as a fragmentation of unit mass into clusters of masses x i . The additive coalescent of Evans and Pitman (1997) is the \Deltavalued Markov process in which pairs of clusters of masses fx i ; x j g merge into a cluster of mass x i +x j at rate x i +x j . They showed that a version (X 1 (t); \Gamma1 ! t ! 1) of this process arises as a n !1 weak limit of the process started at time \Gamma 1 2 log n with n clusters of mass 1=n. We show this standard additive coalescent may be constructed from the continuum random tree of Aldous (1991,1993) by Poisson splitting along the skeleton of the tree. We describe the distribution of X 1 (t) on \Delta at a fixed time t. We show that the size of the cluster containing a given atom, as a process in t, has a simple representation in terms of the stable subordinator of index 1=2. As t ! \Gamma1, we establish a Gaussian limit for (centered and norm...
Probability Distributions on Cladograms
 In Random Discrete Structures
, 1996
"... By analogy with the theory surrounding the Ewens sampling formula in neutral population genetics, we ask whether there exists a natural oneparameter family of probability distributions on cladograms ("evolutionary trees") which plays a central role in neutral evolutionary theory. Unfortunately the a ..."
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By analogy with the theory surrounding the Ewens sampling formula in neutral population genetics, we ask whether there exists a natural oneparameter family of probability distributions on cladograms ("evolutionary trees") which plays a central role in neutral evolutionary theory. Unfortunately the answer seems to be "no"  see Conjecture 2. But we can embed the two most popular models into an interesting family which we call "betasplitting" models. We briefly describe some mathematical results about this family, which exhibits qualitatively different behavior for different ranges of the parameter fi. 1 Probability distributions on partitions and neutral population genetics The first few sections give some conceptual background. The reader wishing to "get right to the point" should skim these and proceed to section 3. For each n there is a finite set of partitions of f1; 2; : : : ; ng into unordered families fA 1 ; A 2 ; : : : ; A k g of subsets. A oneparameter family (P (n) ` ) o...
Enumerations Of Trees And Forests Related To Branching Processes And Random Walks
 Microsurveys in Discrete Probability, number 41 in DIMACS Ser. Discrete Math. Theoret. Comp. Sci
, 1997
"... In a GaltonWatson branching process with offspring distribution (p 0 ; p 1 ; : : :) started with k individuals, the distribution of the total progeny is identical to the distribution of the first passage time to \Gammak for a random walk started at 0 which takes steps of size j with probability p ..."
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In a GaltonWatson branching process with offspring distribution (p 0 ; p 1 ; : : :) started with k individuals, the distribution of the total progeny is identical to the distribution of the first passage time to \Gammak for a random walk started at 0 which takes steps of size j with probability p j+1 for j \Gamma1. The formula for this distribution is a probabilistic expression of the Lagrange inversion formula for the coefficients in the power series expansion of f(z) k in terms of those of g(z) for f(z) defined implicitly by f(z) = zg(f(z)). The Lagrange inversion formula is the analytic counterpart of various enumerations of trees and forests which generalize Cayley's formula kn n\Gammak\Gamma1 for the number of rooted forests labeled by a set of size n whose set of roots is a particular subset of size k. These known results are derived by elementary combinatorial methods without appeal to the Lagrange formula, which is then obtained as a byproduct. This approach unifies an...
Coalescent Random Forests
 J. COMBINATORIAL THEORY A
, 1998
"... Various enumerations of labeled trees and forests, including Cayley's formula n n\Gamma2 for the number of trees labeled by [n], and Cayley's multinomial expansion over trees, are derived from the following coalescent construction of a sequence of random forests (R n ; R n\Gamma1 ; : : : ; R 1 ..."
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Various enumerations of labeled trees and forests, including Cayley's formula n n\Gamma2 for the number of trees labeled by [n], and Cayley's multinomial expansion over trees, are derived from the following coalescent construction of a sequence of random forests (R n ; R n\Gamma1 ; : : : ; R 1 ) such that R k has uniform distribution over the set of all forests of k rooted trees labeled by [n]. Let R n be the trivial forest with n root vertices and no edges. For n k 2, given that R n ; : : : ; R k have been defined so that R k is a rooted forest of k trees, define R k\Gamma1 by addition to R k of a single edge picked uniformly at random from the set of n(k \Gamma 1) edges which when added to R k yield a rooted forest of k \Gamma 1 trees. This coalescent construction is related to a model for a physical process of clustering or coagulation, the additive coalescent in which a system of masses is subject to binary coalescent collisions, with each pair of masses of magnitude...
TreeValued Markov Chains Derived From GaltonWatson Processes.
 Ann. Inst. Henri Poincar'e
, 1997
"... Let G be a GaltonWatson tree, and for 0 u 1 let G u be the subtree of G obtained by retaining each edge with probability u. We study the treevalued Markov process (G u ; 0 u 1) and an analogous process (G u ; 0 u 1) in which G 1 is a critical or subcritical GaltonWatson tree conditio ..."
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Let G be a GaltonWatson tree, and for 0 u 1 let G u be the subtree of G obtained by retaining each edge with probability u. We study the treevalued Markov process (G u ; 0 u 1) and an analogous process (G u ; 0 u 1) in which G 1 is a critical or subcritical GaltonWatson tree conditioned to be infinite. Results simplify and are further developed in the special case of Poisson() offspring distribution. Running head. Treevalued Markov chains. Key words. Borel distribution, branching process, conditioning, GaltonWatson process, generalized Poisson distribution, htransform, pruning, random tree, sizebiasing, spinal decomposition, thinning. AMS Subject classifications 05C80, 60C05, 60J27, 60J80 Research supported in part by N.S.F. Grants DMS9404345 and 9622859 1 Contents 1 Introduction 2 1.1 Related topics : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : : 4 2 Background and technical setup 5 2.1 Notation and terminology for trees : : : : : : : : : : : : : : :...
The SDE solved by local times of a Brownian excursion or bridge derived from the height profile of a random tree or forest
, 1997
"... Let B be a standard onedimensional Brownian motion started at 0. Let L t;v (jBj) be the occupation density of jBj at level v up to time t. The distribution of the process of local times (L t;v (jBj); v 0) conditionally given B t = 0 and L t;0 (jBj) = ` is shown to be that of the unique strong solu ..."
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Let B be a standard onedimensional Brownian motion started at 0. Let L t;v (jBj) be the occupation density of jBj at level v up to time t. The distribution of the process of local times (L t;v (jBj); v 0) conditionally given B t = 0 and L t;0 (jBj) = ` is shown to be that of the unique strong solution X of the Ito SDE dXv = n 4 \Gamma X 2 v \Gamma t \Gamma R v 0 Xudu \Delta \Gamma1 o dv + 2 p XvdBv on the interval [0; V t (X)), where V t (X) := inffv : R v 0 Xudu = tg, and Xv = 0 for all v V t (X). This conditioned form of the RayKnight description of Brownian local times arises from study of the asymptotic distribution as n !1 and 2k= p n ! ` of the height profile of a uniform rooted random forest of k trees labeled by a set of n elements, as obtained by conditioning a uniform random mapping of the set to itself to have k cyclic points. The SDE is the continuous analog of a simple description of a GaltonWatson branching process conditioned on its total progeny....
Continuum tree asymptotics of discrete fragmentations and applications to phylogenetic models
 Ann. Probab
, 2008
"... Given any regularly varying dislocation measure, we identify a natural selfsimilar fragmentation tree as scaling limit of discrete fragmentation trees with unit edge lengths. As an application, we obtain continuum random tree limits of Aldous’s betasplitting models and Ford’s alpha models for phyl ..."
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Given any regularly varying dislocation measure, we identify a natural selfsimilar fragmentation tree as scaling limit of discrete fragmentation trees with unit edge lengths. As an application, we obtain continuum random tree limits of Aldous’s betasplitting models and Ford’s alpha models for phylogenetic trees. This confirms in a strong way that the whole trees grow at the same speed as the mean height of a randomly chosen leaf.