Peter Jagers: Extinction: how often, how soon, and in what way?

Peter Jagers, Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Time: Wed 2009-10-21 16.00

Location: Room 3721, department of mathematics, KTH, Lindstedtsvägen 25, 7th floor

Branching processes were born out of the observation that extinction (of separate families or subpopulations) is ubiquitous in nature and society. This lead to Galton's and Watson's famous error, as they claimed that all family lines must die out, even in exponentially growing populations. We look back at this discussion, and proceed to exhibiting the time and path to extinction.

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