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Erin Beckman : The frog model on trees with drift

In this talk, I will introduce a version of the frog model interacting particle system. The system initially consists of a single active particle at the root of a d-ary tree and an inactive particle at every other node on the tree. Active particles move according to a biased random walk and when an active particle encounters an inactive particle, the inactive particle becomes active and begins its own biased random walk. I will begin with an introduction and history of the model before moving on to talk about recent results, giving bounds on the drift such that the model is recurrent. I will go briefly into the techniques of proving such bounds, which involve a subprocess of the frog model that can be coupled across trees of different degrees. This is based on joint work with Frank, Jiang, Junge, and Tang.

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