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2016 Entropy reduction in Euclidean first-passage percolation
Michael Damron, Xuan Wang
Electron. J. Probab. 21: 1-23 (2016). DOI: 10.1214/16-EJP12


The Euclidean first-passage percolation (FPP) model of Howard and Newman is a rotationally invariant model of FPP which is built on a graph whose vertices are the points of homogeneous Poisson point process. It was shown by Howard-Newman that one has (stretched) exponential concentration of the passage time $T_n$ from $0$ to $n\mathbf{e} _1$ about its mean on scale $\sqrt{n} $, and this was used to show the bound $\mu n \leq \mathbb{E} T_n \leq \mu n + C\sqrt{n} (\log n)^a$ for $a,C>0$ on the discrepancy between the expected passage time and its deterministic approximation $\mu = \lim _n \frac{\mathbb {E}T_n} {n}$. In this paper, we introduce an inductive entropy reduction technique that gives the stronger upper bound $\mathbb{E} T_n \leq \mu n + C_k\psi (n) \log ^{(k)}n$, where $\psi (n)$ is a general scale of concentration and $\log ^{(k)}$ is the $k$-th iterate of $\log $. This gives evidence that the inequality $\mathbb{E} T_n - \mu n \leq C\sqrt{\mathrm {Var}~T_n} $ may hold.


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Michael Damron. Xuan Wang. "Entropy reduction in Euclidean first-passage percolation." Electron. J. Probab. 21 1 - 23, 2016.


Received: 21 May 2016; Accepted: 27 October 2016; Published: 2016
First available in Project Euclid: 19 November 2016

zbMATH: 1354.60116
MathSciNet: MR3580031
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1214/16-EJP12

Primary: 60K35, 82B43


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