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Unsolved Problems Concerning Random Walks on Trees

  • Russell Lyons
  • Robin Pemantle
  • Yuval Peres
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Part of the The IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications book series (IMA, volume 84)

Abstract

We state some unsolved problems and describe relevant examples concerning random walks on trees. Most of the problems involve the behavior of random walks with drift: e.g., is the speed on Galton-Watson trees monotonic in the drift parameter? These random walks have been used in Monte-Carlo algorithms for sampling from the vertices of a tree; in general, their behavior reflects the size and regularity of the underlying tree. Random walks are related to conductance. The distribution function for the conductance of Galton-Watson trees satisfies an interesting functional equation; is this distribution function absolutely continuous?

Key words

Galton-Watson random walk speed rate of escape 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Lyons
    • 1
  • Robin Pemantle
    • 2
  • Yuval Peres
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsIndiana UniversityBloomington
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of WisconsinMadison
  3. 3.Department of StatisticsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeley

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