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2014 The harmonic measure of balls in critical Galton-Watson trees with infinite variance offspring distribution
Shen Lin
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Electron. J. Probab. 19: 1-35 (2014). DOI: 10.1214/EJP.v19-3498

Abstract

We study properties of the harmonic measure of balls in large critical Galton-Watson trees whose offspring distribution is in the domain of attraction of a stable distribution with index $\alpha\in (1,2]$. Here the harmonic measure refers to the hitting distribution of height $n$ by simple random walk on the critical Galton-Watson tree conditioned on non-extinction at generation $n$. For a ball of radius $n$ centered at the root, we prove that, although the size of the boundary is roughly of order $n^{\frac{1}{\alpha-1}}$, most of the harmonic measure is supported on a boundary subset of size approximately equal to $n^{\beta_{\alpha}}$, where the constant $\beta_{\alpha}\in (0,\frac{1}{\alpha-1})$ depends only on the index $\alpha$. Using an explicit expression of $\beta_{\alpha}$, we are able to show the uniform boundedness of $(\beta_{\alpha}, 1<\alpha\leq 2)$. These are generalizations of results in a recent paper of Curien and Le Gall.

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Shen Lin. "The harmonic measure of balls in critical Galton-Watson trees with infinite variance offspring distribution." Electron. J. Probab. 19 1 - 35, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1214/EJP.v19-3498

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Accepted: 20 October 2014; Published: 2014
First available in Project Euclid: 4 June 2016

zbMATH: 1325.60138
MathSciNet: MR3272331
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/EJP.v19-3498

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Primary: 60J80
Secondary: 60G50, 60K37

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