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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Title: Branching Processes
Featuring: Assistant Professor Tom Alberts (Mathematics)
A branching process models the changes in a population level in which each individual produces a random number of offspring. They are a very simple but important part of probability theory and can be used to model reproduction within a bacteria colony, the spread of surnames in genealogy, or the propagation of neutron collisions in an atomic bomb. This talk will go over the basic models of branching processes and some interesting variants and then describe the beautiful mathematics behind one of the most important questions in the subject: what is the probability that the population ultimately goes extinct?