Mathematics and Society

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pp: 81–99

DOI: 10.4171/164-1/7

Mathematical models for population dynamics: Randomness versus determinism

Jean Bertoin[1]

(1) Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich, Switzerland

Mathematical models are used more and more frequently in Life Sciences. These may be deterministic, or stochastic. We present some classical models for population dynamics and discuss in particular the averaging effect in the setting of large populations, to point at circumstances where randomness prevails nonetheless.

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