# Galton-Watson process

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

A branching process with one type of particles and with discrete time. Named after F. Galton and G. Watson who were the first to study (1873) the problem of degeneration of a family.

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[a1] | K.B. Arthreya, P.E. Ney, "Branching processes" , Springer (1972) |

[a2] | Th.E. Harris, "The theory of branching processes" , Springer (1963) |

**How to Cite This Entry:**

Galton-Watson process.

*Encyclopedia of Mathematics.*URL: http://encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Galton-Watson_process&oldid=14921

This article was adapted from an original article by B.A. Sevast'yanov (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article