By Sidney I. Resnick

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This initial progenitor splits into k offspring with probability Pk· These offspring constitute the first generation. Each of the first generation offspring independently split into a random number of offspring; the number for each is determined by the density {pk}. This process continues until extinction, which occurs whenever all the members of a generation fail to produce offspring. Such an idealized model can be thought of as the model for population growth in the absence of environmental pressures.

Otherwise we must solve numerically. Root finding packages are common. A program such as M athematica makes short work of finding the solution. Typing Solve[P(s)- s = O,s] m r:;::=o m will immediately yield all the roots of the equation and the smallest root in the unit interval can easily be identified. oo Pn(O). The recursion 7ro = P(O), can be easily programmed on a computer and the solution will converge quickly. In fact the convergence will be geometrically fast since for some p E (0, 1) The reason for this inequality is that by the mean value theorem and the monotonicity of P' We need to check that Since P~+ 1 (s) = P~(P(s))P'(s) we get P~+l (1r) = P~(1r)P' (1r).

What equations do we expect for {n}? If n ~ 2, then in order for the random walk to go from 0 to 1 in n steps the first step must be to -1 (which has probability q). From -1 the walk must make its way back up to 0. Say this takes j steps. Then it seems reasonable that the probability of the walk going from -1 to 0 in j steps is j. From 0 the random walk still must get up to 1. Say this takes k steps. Then this probability should be k and the constraint on j and k is that 1 + j + k = n where the 1 is used for the initial step to -1.