New computational approaches for branching processes in population biology

Grant number: DE150101044 | Funding period: 2015 - 2019



Branching processes are powerful modelling tools in population biology. They describe how individuals live and reproduce according to specific probability laws, and can be used to answer a wide range of population-related questions. This project aims to develop new algorithmic methods for a tractable class of branching processes called Markovian binary trees. Following a matrix analytic approach, it will deliver new results on the efficient estimation of model parameters, and on the effects of random environments on population dynamics. These results will be used to study significant problems in evolutionary and conservation biology, thereby establishing the relevance of the developed techni..

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