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December 2011 Asymptotic behavior of Aldous’ gossip process
Shirshendu Chatterjee, Rick Durrett
Ann. Appl. Probab. 21(6): 2447-2482 (December 2011). DOI: 10.1214/10-AAP750


Aldous [(2007) Preprint] defined a gossip process in which space is a discrete N × N torus, and the state of the process at time t is the set of individuals who know the information. Information spreads from a site to its nearest neighbors at rate 1/4 each and at rate Nα to a site chosen at random from the torus. We will be interested in the case in which α < 3, where the long range transmission significantly accelerates the time at which everyone knows the information. We prove three results that precisely describe the spread of information in a slightly simplified model on the real torus. The time until everyone knows the information is asymptotically T = (2 − 2 α/3)Nα/3log N. If ρs is the fraction of the population who know the information at time s and ε is small then, for large N, the time until ρs reaches ε is T(ε) ≈ T + Nα/3log(3ε/M), where M is a random variable determined by the early spread of the information. The value of ρs at time s = T(1/3) + tNα/3 is almost a deterministic function h(t) which satisfies an odd looking integro-differential equation. The last result confirms a heuristic calculation of Aldous.


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Shirshendu Chatterjee. Rick Durrett. "Asymptotic behavior of Aldous’ gossip process." Ann. Appl. Probab. 21 (6) 2447 - 2482, December 2011.


Published: December 2011
First available in Project Euclid: 23 November 2011

zbMATH: 1246.60117
MathSciNet: MR2895421
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/10-AAP750

Primary: 60K35
Secondary: 60J80

Rights: Copyright © 2011 Institute of Mathematical Statistics


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