Journal of Statistical Physics

, Volume 132, Issue 3, pp 551–560 | Cite as

Large Deviations for Random Trees

  • Yuri Bakhtin
  • Christine Heitsch


We consider large random trees under Gibbs distributions and prove a Large Deviation Principle (LDP) for the distribution of degrees of vertices of the tree. The LDP rate function is given explicitly. An immediate consequence is a Law of Large Numbers for the distribution of vertex degrees in a large random tree. Our motivation for this study comes from the analysis of RNA secondary structures.


Random trees Gibbs distributions Large deviations RNA secondary structure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of MathematicsGeorgia Tech.AtlantaUSA

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