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Publications [#243420] of Richard T. Durrett
Papers Published
 Durrett, R; Liggett, T; Zhang, Y, The contact process with fast voting,
Electronic Journal of Probability, vol. 19
(March, 2014), Institute of Mathematical Statistics [doi]
(last updated on 2019/06/25)
Abstract: Consider a combination of the contact process and the voter model in which deaths occur at rate 1 per site, and across each edge between nearest neighbors births occur at rate λ and voting events occur at rate θ. We are interested in the asymptotics as θ→∞ of the critical value λc(θ) for the existence of a nontrivial stationary distribution. In d≥3, λc(θ)→1/(2dρd) where ρd is the probability a d dimensional simple random walk does not return to its starting point.In d=2, λc(θ)/log(θ)→1/4π, while in d=1, λc(θ)/θ1/2 has lim inf≥1/2√ and lim sup<∞.The lower bound might be the right answer, but proving this, or even getting a reasonable upper bound, seems to be a difficult problem.


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