Wednesday, June 5, 2013

1306.0184 (Baruch Meerson et al.)

Immigration-extinction dynamics of stochastic populations    [PDF]

Baruch Meerson, Otso Ovaskainen
How high should be the rate of immigration into a stochastic population in order to significantly reduce the probability of observing the population extinct? Is there any relation between the population size distributions with and without immigration? Under what conditions can one justify the simple patch occupancy models which ignore the population distribution and its dynamics in a patch, and treat a patch simply as either occupied or empty? We address these questions by exactly solving a simple stochastic model obtained by adding a steady immigration to a variant of the Verhulst model: a prototypical model of an isolated stochastic population.
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