WIAS Preprint No. 1091, (2006)

Critical Galton--Watson processes: The maximum of total progenies within a large window


  • Fleischmann, Klaus
  • Vatutin, Vladimir A.
  • Wachtel, Vitali

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 60J80 60F17


  • Branching of index one plus alpha, limit theorem, conditional invariance principle, tail asymptotics, moving window, maximal total progeny, lower deviation probabilities




Consider a critical Galton-Watson process Z=Z_n: n=0,1,... of index 1+alpha, alpha in (0,1]. Let S_k(j) denote the sum of the Z_n with n in the window [k,...,k+j), and M_m(j) the maximum of the S_k with k moving in [0,m-j]. We describe the asymptotic behavior of the expectation EM_m(j) if the window width j=j_m satisfies that j/m converges in [0,1] as m tends to infinity. This will be achieved via establishing the asymptotic behavior of the tail probabilities of M_infinity(j).

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