The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 35–37 | Cite as

Extinction probabilities in branching processes: A note on holgate and Lakhani's paper

  • D. J. Daley


Within the class of offspring distributions with given meanm>1 and probability of no offspringp o, the probabilityq of ultimate extinction in a Galton-Watson branching process starting from one individual satisfiesp 0<q(m,p0)≤q<1. A short table illustrates the lower boundq(m,p 0).


Discrete Time Poisson Distribution Mathematical Biology General Question Large Integer 
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  1. Holgate, P. and K. H. Lakhani. 1967. “Effect of Offspring Distribution on Population Survival.”Bull. Math. Biophysics,29, 831–839.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© N. Rashevsky 1968

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. J. Daley
    • 1
  1. 1.Selwyn CollegeCambridgeEngland

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