*Tid:***28 maj 1998 kl 1515-1700 (Observera dagen
och tiden!)**

*Plats :***Seminarierummet 3733**, Institutionen för
matematik, KTH, Lindstedts väg 25, plan 7. Karta!

*Föredragshållare:***
Malcolm Quine,
School of Mathematics
and Statistics,
University of Sydney.
(Publikationslista)
**

**Titel:** **
Asymptotic Normality of Processes with a Branching Structure
**

Summary with link to complete paper

*Sammanfattning: *

Let be integer-valued rv's defined on the same probability space and define sequences and by , , and

where denotes the indicator of .

The process contains the classical Bienaymé-Galton-Watson branching process as a special case, and is also relevant to urn models and to a `self-annihilating branching process' considered by Erickson (Ann. Probab. 1973) as a model for the antigenic behaviour of Lymphoma cell populations.

We will first review the results of Quine and Szczotka (Ann. Appl. Probab. 1994) concerning the extinction probability and the asymptotic behaviour of and , when , including

1) the a.s. convergence of to some non-negative rv as , for some constant and

2) when , rate of convergence results of the form

and

where is a standard normal rv independent of , for some .

We will then discuss further unpublished joint work with Szczotka, investigating the extent to which and share similar asymptotic properties. For instance we consider the analogues for the sequence , and establish an equivalence relation between these convergences. We show that in some situations the rate is Gaussian or mixed Gaussian. We also investigate the asymptotic behaviour of (or ) when the centering involves the limit rv .

Some of the results we obtain in this paper are known in the B-G-W
case. However, our approach here is far more general: the summands
need be neither independent nor identically distributed
(nor even non-negative). Our approach uses probabilistic methods
based on an underlying Wiener process rather than methods based on
p.g.f.'s or characteristic functions.