The smoothing transform: the boundary case

by J.D.Biggins and A.E Kyprinaou

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification: 60J80


Let $A=(A_1,A_2,A_3,\ldots)$ be a random sequence of non-negative numbers that are ultimately zero with $E[\sum A_i]=1$ and $E \left[\sum A_{i} \log A_i \right] \leq 0$. The uniqueness of the non-negative fixed points of the associated smoothing transform is considered. These fixed points are solutions to the functional equation $\Phi(\psi)= E \left[ \prod_{i} \Phi(\psi A_i) \right], $ where $\Phi$ is the Laplace transform of a non-negative random variable. The study complements, and extends, existing results on the case when $E\left[\sum A_{i} \log A_i \right]<0$. New results on the asymptotic behaviour of the solutions near zero in the boundary case, where $E\left[\sum A_{i} \log A_i \right]=0$, are obtained.


Preprint 516/01, Department of Probability and Statistics, University of Sheffield. (December 2001) pdf version

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Electronic Journal of Probability (2005) 10, 609-631

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