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Moments, moderate and large deviations for a branching process in a random environment

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  • Huang, Chunmao
  • Liu, Quansheng
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    Let (Zn) be a supercritical branching process in a random environment ξ, and W be the limit of the normalized population size Zn/E[Zn|ξ]. We show large and moderate deviation principles for the sequence logZn (with appropriate normalization). For the proof, we calculate the critical value for the existence of harmonic moments of W, and show an equivalence for all the moments of Zn. Central limit theorems on W−Wn and logZn are also established.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Stochastic Processes and their Applications.

    Volume (Year): 122 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 522-545

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    Keywords: Branching process; Random environment; Moments; Harmonic moments; Large deviation; Moderate deviation; Central limit theorem;

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    1. Liu, Quansheng, 2001. "Asymptotic properties and absolute continuity of laws stable by random weighted mean," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 95(1), pages 83-107, September.
    2. Liu, Quansheng, 1999. "Asymptotic properties of supercritical age-dependent branching processes and homogeneous branching random walks," Stochastic Processes and their Applications, Elsevier, vol. 82(1), pages 61-87, July.
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