Convergence in law of the maximum of nonlattice branching random walk

Maury Bramson, Jian Ding, Ofer Zeitouni

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Let η ∗ n denote the maximum, at time n, of a nonlattice one-dimensional branching random walk ηn possessing (enough) exponential moments. In a seminal paper, Aïdekon (Ann. Probab. 41 (2013) 1362-1426) demonstrated convergence of η ∗ n in law, after centering, and gave a representation of the limit. We give here a shorter proof of this convergence by employing reasoning motivated by Bramson, Ding and Zeitouni (Convergence in law of the maximum of the two-dimensional discrete Gaussian free field; preprint). Instead of spine methods and a careful analysis of the renewal measure for killed random walks, our approach employs a modified version of the second moment method that may be of independent interest. We indicate the modifications needed in order to handle lattice random walks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1897-1924
Number of pages28
JournalAnnales de l'institut Henri Poincare (B) Probability and Statistics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2016

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Funding Information:
Partially supported by NSF grants DMS-1105668 and DMS-1203201. Partially supported by NSF grant DMS-1313596. Partially supported by NSF grant DMS-1106627, a grant from the Israel Science Foundation, and the Herman P. Taubman chair of Mathematics at the Weizmann Institute.

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© Association des Publications de l'Institut Henri Poincaré, 2016.


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