On the maximal offspring in a critical branching process with infinite variance

Abstract : We investigate the maximal number $M_k$ of offsprings amongst all individuals in a critical Galton-Watson process started with $k$ ancestors. We show that when the reproduction law has a regularly varying tail with index $-\alpha$ for $1<\alpha<2$, then $k^{-1}M_k$ converges in distribution to a Frechet law with shape parameter $1$ and scale parameter depending only on $\alpha$.
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Jean Bertoin. On the maximal offspring in a critical branching process with infinite variance. 2010. ⟨hal-00515925⟩

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