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The asymptotic behavior of fragmentation processes

The asymptotic behavior of fragmentation processes The fragmentation processes considered in this work are self-similar Markov processes which are meant to describe the evolution of a mass that falls apart randomly as time passes. We investigate their pathwise asymptotic behavior as t→∞. In the so-called homogeneous case, we first point at a law of large numbers and a central limit theorem for (a modified version of) the empirical distribution of the fragments at time t. These results are reminiscent of those of Asmussen and Kaplan [3] and Biggins [12] for branching random walks. Next, in the same vein as Biggins [10], we also investigate some natural martingales, which open the way to an almost sure large deviation principle by an application of the Gärtner-Ellis theorem. Finally, some asymptotic results in the general self-similar case are derived by time-change from the previous ones. Properties of size-biased picked fragments provide key tools for the study. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the European Mathematical Society Springer Journals

The asymptotic behavior of fragmentation processes

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2003 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Mathematics
ISSN
1435-9855
eISSN
1435-9863
DOI
10.1007/s10097-003-0055-3
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Abstract

The fragmentation processes considered in this work are self-similar Markov processes which are meant to describe the evolution of a mass that falls apart randomly as time passes. We investigate their pathwise asymptotic behavior as t→∞. In the so-called homogeneous case, we first point at a law of large numbers and a central limit theorem for (a modified version of) the empirical distribution of the fragments at time t. These results are reminiscent of those of Asmussen and Kaplan [3] and Biggins [12] for branching random walks. Next, in the same vein as Biggins [10], we also investigate some natural martingales, which open the way to an almost sure large deviation principle by an application of the Gärtner-Ellis theorem. Finally, some asymptotic results in the general self-similar case are derived by time-change from the previous ones. Properties of size-biased picked fragments provide key tools for the study.

Journal

Journal of the European Mathematical SocietySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 26, 2003

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