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A simple interpretation of two stochastic processes subject to an independent death process

Gani, Joseph; Swift, R.J.


In this explanatory note, we interpret two known results for a death process and a birth process subject to an independent death process. The first example is the carrier-borne epidemic, while the second is the polymerisation chain reaction. The interpretations allow a more intuitive understanding of the resulting formulae for the probability generating functions of the processes.

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Applied Mathematics E-Notes


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