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The Metric Coalescent

  • Author(s): Lanoue, Daniel Parmet
  • Advisor(s): Aldous, David
  • et al.
Abstract

The Metric Coalescent (MC) is a measure-valued Markov Process generalizing the classical Kingman Coalescent. We show how the MC arises naturally from a discrete agent based model (Compulsive Gambler) of social dynamics and prove an existence and uniqueness theorem extending the MC to the space of all Borel probability measures on any locally compact Polish space.

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