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Marking (1,2) Points of the Brownian Web and Applications

By et al. Newman M C

Abstract

The Brownian web (BW), which developed from the work of Arratia and then Tóth and Werner, is a random collection of paths (with specified starting points) in one plus one dimensional space-time that arises as the scaling limit of the discrete web (DW) of coalescing simple random walks. Two recently introduced extensions of the BW, the Brownian net (BN) constructed by Sun and Swart, and the dynamical Brownian web (DyBW) proposed by Howitt and Warren, are (or should be) scaling limits of corresponding discrete extensions of the DW — the discrete net (DN) and the dynamical discrete web (DyDW). These discrete extensions have a natural geometric structure in which the underlying Bernoulli left or right “arrow ” structure of the DW is extended by means of branching (i.e., allowing left and right simultaneously) to construct the DN or by means of switching (i.e., from left to right and vice-versa) to construct the DyDW. In this paper we show that there is a similar structure in the continuum where arrow direction is replaced by the left or right parity of the (1,2) space-time points of the BW (points with one incoming path from the past and two outgoing paths to the future, only one of which is a continuation of the incoming path). We then provide a complete construction of the DyBW and an alternate construction of the BN to that of Sun and Swart by proving that the switching or branchin

Year: 2009
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